black·​ing | \ ˈbla-kiŋ How to pronounce blacking (audio) \

Definition of blacking

: a substance (such as a paste or polish) that is applied to an object to make it black

Examples of blacking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later, barber is seen crouching on his bed, holding lighted match under jam jar of water, soft soap and boot blacking. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Wartime for Wodehouse," 25 May 2020

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First Known Use of blacking

1571, in the meaning defined above

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“Blacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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