pol·​i·​tick | \ ˈpä-lə-ˌtik How to pronounce politick (audio) \
politicked; politicking; politicks

Definition of politick

intransitive verb

: to engage in often partisan political discussion or activity

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Other Words from politick

politicker noun

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As politicking ensues, a work stoppage plan begins to circulate amid the latest wave of CBA information. Conor Orr, SI.com, "OK, OK, But How Much Would Tom Brady Get From a New Team in Free Agency?," 6 Aug. 2019 In Britain, climbing the Everest became an increasingly stuffy, official project, shaped by politicking in London. Ipsita Chakravarty, Quartz India, "How colonialism cost the Himalayas their remoteness," 10 June 2019 The Puerto Rican parade in downtown Orlando on Saturday featured the sights and sounds typical of these kinds of events: politicians politicking, dancers dancing and horses, well, dancing. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Puerto Rican parade a brief reprieve for community rocked by Hurricane Maria," 28 Apr. 2018 Other schools are also invoking the IRS to curtail political activity, including Georgetown, which cited its tax status in banning Bernie Sanders supporters from politicking on campus last year. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "The Battle Against ‘Hate Speech’ on College Campuses Gives Rise to a Generation That Hates Speech," 26 May 2016 Democrats are not immune from politicking this session after making a forceful push against the Trump administration earlier in the year. John Frank, The Denver Post, "With bipartisan deals in the balance, new GOP bills take political turn," 5 Apr. 2017 In the days before Russia’s Olympic roster was completed, Mr. Zhukov politicked at a hotel in Rio and pledged that his country’s delegation would be the purest of any at the Games, given the level of scrutiny applied to it. Rebecca R. Ruiz, New York Times, "Russian Olympic Chief to Step Down; Putin Hints at Other Changes," 12 Oct. 2016 But through a bit of politicking the games were shifted to coincide with the concurrent World's Fair in St. Louis. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "2 rare Olympic golf medals found in Northeast Ohio up for auction," 14 June 2017 Making sure the state party has the best tools for politicking money can buy is helpful, too. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "God Help Us, Iowa’s 2020 Presidential Contest Is Already Underway," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of politick

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for politick

back-formation from politicking, noun, from politics + -ing entry 3

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The first known use of politick was in 1892

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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