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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he has considerable experience in similar vessels and a liking for this type of employment.’
    • ‘Acknowledging that professing a liking for ska can be a rock band's death wish, O'Dell stands by their tastes.’
    • ‘He also had a liking for good poetry and recitations.’
    • ‘A liking for birds is an ineluctable aspect of being human.’
    • ‘Hong Kong people seem to have a liking for older candidates.’
    • ‘Not just cricket, Viru has a liking for table-tennis, badminton, football and swimming.’
    • ‘Anyone with a liking for bikes and bike riding will find it fascinating.’
    • ‘My wife has always had a liking for this unfortunate little girl.’
    • ‘I developed a liking for devotional songs of the Goddess from childhood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Raghu's parents arrive and take a liking for the girl.’
    • ‘Coming in at No 4 Michael Nind showed a liking for Hill Park Oval not shared by his brothers, the earlier batsmen.’
    • ‘However, over the years he developed a liking for prosecution and when he got the opportunity, he just grabbed it.’
    • ‘Michael has been a member of Macra since he was 17 and developed a liking for public speaking within the group.’
    • ‘He has always had a liking for the songs of Jim Reeves.’
    • ‘The new West Indies management team seemed to have had a liking for the use of cutting-edge technology in its verbal assault.’
    • ‘If he is not exercising those grey cells over science and technology, Tiwari has a liking for reading Buddhist philosophy.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His taste was a bit to fluffy colored for her liking though the shape and placement of the furniture could not be faulted.’
      • ‘Journalists are known for their liking for the bottle.’
      • ‘He gave the over all impression of someone who had tasted something much too sour for his 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's kind of too green in tone for my liking, but it has some good points.’
      • ‘Bored with the look of your home that seems too stark for your liking?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The wings appeared to be charred but tasted all right for my liking.’
  • to one's liking

    • To one's taste; pleasing.

      ‘his coffee was just to his liking’
      • ‘It is now common for people to look for churches to their liking rather than those of the same denomination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mix ice cream, sour cream and whipped cream together and slowly add alcohol to taste, adjusting flavoring to your liking.’
      • ‘We arrive at the church too soon to my liking, but I get out of the car none the less.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


Old English līcung (see like, -ing).