Definition of liking in US English:



  • usually in singular A feeling of regard or fondness.

    ‘she'd taken an instant liking to Arnie's new girlfriend’
    ‘Mrs. Parsons had a liking for gin and tonic’
    • ‘It's just this guy called Josh who plays guitar and sings his songs, which have a liking for wandering melodies that meander up and down and all over the place.’
    • ‘I developed a liking for devotional songs of the Goddess from childhood.’
    • ‘But he has considerable experience in similar vessels and a liking for this type of employment.’
    • ‘My wife has always had a liking for this unfortunate little girl.’
    • ‘Nor should anyone be surprised if little boys grow up with a liking for the apparent brutality they have witnessed at an ice-hockey game.’
    • ‘Coming in at No 4 Michael Nind showed a liking for Hill Park Oval not shared by his brothers, the earlier batsmen.’
    • ‘Acknowledging that professing a liking for ska can be a rock band's death wish, O'Dell stands by their tastes.’
    • ‘It is generally accepted that the priest had a liking for strong drink and some of the stories place him in pubs and outside a glass of the hard stuff.’
    • ‘However, over the years he developed a liking for prosecution and when he got the opportunity, he just grabbed it.’
    • ‘Hong Kong people seem to have a liking for older candidates.’
    • ‘Michael has been a member of Macra since he was 17 and developed a liking for public speaking within the group.’
    • ‘If he is not exercising those grey cells over science and technology, Tiwari has a liking for reading Buddhist philosophy.’
    • ‘Anyone with a liking for bikes and bike riding will find it fascinating.’
    • ‘He has always had a liking for the songs of Jim Reeves.’
    • ‘He also had a liking for good poetry and recitations.’
    • ‘The company has come a very long way since Abigail Punch developed a liking for tea in 1851 and decided to set up her own import and wholesale company.’
    • ‘Not just cricket, Viru has a liking for table-tennis, badminton, football and swimming.’
    • ‘The new West Indies management team seemed to have had a liking for the use of cutting-edge technology in its verbal assault.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Raghu's parents arrive and take a liking for the girl.’
    • ‘A liking for birds is an ineluctable aspect of being human.’
    fondness, love, affection, penchant, attachment
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  • for one's liking

    • To suit one's taste or wishes.

      ‘he is a little too showy for my liking’
      • ‘The wings appeared to be charred but tasted all right for my liking.’
      • ‘Homer and Barney were obvious targets for their liking of beer but the children were also singled out for their fondness of sugary drinks.’
      • ‘I also ate one of Benedict's frog's legs which was a bit heavy on the cumin for my liking - unless that's what frog's legs taste of.’
      • ‘Bored with the look of your home that seems too stark for your liking?’
      • ‘Journalists are known for their liking for the bottle.’
      • ‘Let us begin today, Senators, with a question each of you have been asked before, more than once, more than twice, perhaps too many times for your liking.’
      • ‘The world's a pretty big place, and two-thirds of it is made up of sea water, so it might seem a little strange that some people regard the oceans as being too crowded for their liking.’
      • ‘His taste was a bit to fluffy colored for her liking though the shape and placement of the furniture could not be faulted.’
      • ‘It's kind of too green in tone for my liking, but it has some good points.’
      • ‘He gave the over all impression of someone who had tasted something much too sour for his liking.’
  • to one's liking

    • To one's taste; pleasing.

      ‘his coffee was just to his liking’
      • ‘Mix ice cream, sour cream and whipped cream together and slowly add alcohol to taste, adjusting flavoring to your liking.’
      • ‘You would have to be hard to please not to find something there to your liking.’
      • ‘The strangely quiet coffee shop, book shop and supermarket were very much to our liking.’
      • ‘She didn't find any of this amusing or to her liking.’
      • ‘Councillors are not above the law but must follow the rules like anyone else, even when the taste is not to their liking.’
      • ‘Goerg needed a lightweight comfortable rig to carry a big sixgun and found nothing available to his liking or satisfaction, so he designed his own.’
      • ‘It is now common for people to look for churches to their liking rather than those of the same denomination.’
      • ‘The video is usually wonderful, but the background music isn't always to my liking, so it's nice to be able to listen to something more to my taste.’
      • ‘This last possibility also offers the happy side effect of probably ending Martin's career as Liberal leader, clearing the way for a visionary leader more to our liking.’
      • ‘We arrive at the church too soon to my liking, but I get out of the car none the less.’


Old English līcung (see like, -ing).