spe·​lunk·​ing | \ spi-ˈləŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce spelunking (audio) , ˈspē-ˌləŋ- \

Definition of spelunking

: the hobby or practice of exploring caves

Examples of spelunking in a Sentence

Her hobbies include hiking, biking, and spelunking. They love to go spelunking.
Recent Examples on the Web This is one of the great strengths of fiction: to identify a question that’s vexing, go spelunking, and sort of … hang out. Ellen Cushing, The Atlantic, "How Robin Sloan Created ‘The Conspiracy Museum’," 15 May 2020 Adventure activities such as heli-skiing, off-trail snowboarding, bungee jumping, wakeboarding, Jet Skiing, spelunking, rock climbing, and scuba diving are almost always excluded from coverage in most travel insurance plans. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them," 10 Dec. 2019 Hop in the car and head to Mauckport in Southern Indiana for an afternoon of spelunking. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From kitties to caving: 8 great ways for kids to spend rainy days in Louisville," 12 July 2019 Some have seen their task as psychic spelunking, deep exploratory work that can only be undermined by literary preciousness. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 Accessible by elevator as well as on foot, this might be the perfect place to ease yourself into spelunking. Nicole Clausing, Sunset, "Spelunking the West: 10 Great Scenic Caves to Explore," 22 Jan. 2018 His first spelunking expedition there in 1982 ventured into national parklands due west of Nosy Ankao, Miavana’s island. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 Years later, after much of the world has moved on and From Software is making new games, the Prospectors still go spelunking within Bloodborne with surprising regularity. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 And to his surprise Miller has been intrigued by some of what's been unearthed by the sonic spelunking. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Steve Miller Reveals Plans for Joint Live Album With Tourmate Peter Frampton," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of spelunking

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spelunking

spelunk(er) + -ing entry 1

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“Spelunking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelunking. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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US : the sport or practice of exploring or studying caves

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