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Hunting, vbl. n. Also: huntyng(e, -ine, -yn(e, hunttin(g, hwntine, honting, -yne, hounting, -ine, -yne, howntine; ontyne. [e.m.E. hountinge (1545), ME. huntinge, OE. huntung.]

1. The action or practice of hunting.For further examples see Halking vbl. n. and Hawking vbl. n.(a) 1375 Barb. xv. 314.
Still all that sesoune thar duelt he At hunting
a1400 Leg. S. xx. 60.
The president Til huntyne has his knychtis sent
c1420 Wynt. ii. 191.
In huntyng Esawe had delyte
Ib. vi. 708.
Rywvn wyth a bare In hwntyng
c1450-2 Howlat 773.
Hunting at herdis
c1460 Regim. Princ. 82.
In huntyn & in sornyng thai thé send
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 85.
A pare of metingis for hunting
c 1560 Stirlings of Keir 415.
Thai had been at ane curs of hunting … for ane ra
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4174.
Await sum day quhen he gais in hunting
1593 Warrender P. II. 205.
For sending in … persons to await on [= waylay] his majestie at hunting
1596 Dalr. I. 19.
Hartis, thair … nature and hunting
(b) 1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 274.
Halkyng, hountyng, armes … Preordinat ar … for thy plesour
1549 Compl. 13/6.
Thir tua princis vsit … to pas to hounting
c1615 Chron. Kings 19.
[He] passis the rest of his dayis in honting

2. An act or course of hunting; a hunt. 1375 Barb. iv. 513.
How thai had farne in thair huntyn [C. ontyne]
c1420 Wynt. iii. 611.
It happynyd syne at a huntyng Wyth wolwys hym to weryd be
1504 Treas. Acc. II. 454.
To Schir Johne Musgraves man that blew the hunting to the King, xiiij s.
1531 Bell. Boece I. xxxix.
King Robert Bruce … went to ane hunting in this wod
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7083.
The hunting done, the king come hame at ene
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 342.
The laird of Lochinver beand passand to ane hunting
1596 Dalr. I. 19/23.
Gret hartis … commounlie in a solemne hunting … sum tyme 1000 … ar slayne

3. a. The right of hunting. b. A hunting-ground. a. 1475–1630 (see Halking vbl. n. (2)).b. 1461 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 362.
The forsaide landys … wyth … hawkyngis, huntyngis, fyschyngis, foullyngis
1617 Melrose P. 297.
Questiouns of mairtchis in thair wooddis, forrests, and hountings
1669 Burnett Fam. P. MS.
To be halden all and haill the saids … landis … in hows, … fishingis, … huntingis [etc.]

4. Attrib. in hunting -caip, -club, -cuttles, -garment, -hall, -horn, -rail, -sadill, -speir, -staff. 1643 Edinb. Test. LX. 239.
Fower hunting caipes
1596 Dalr. I. 19/32.
Out of that place the hundis being hunted, … jaiuelinis castne, and hounting cloubs
Ib. 186/6.
Thay … slayes him with thair hunting clubis
1640 Black Bk. Taymouth 350.
Ane litle schort hunting cuttles
1599 Treas. Acc. MS. 43 b.
To be his hounting garment … thrie elis … grene stemming
1715 Coll. Aberd. & B. 249.
An old ruinous castle, said to have been built by King Robert I for a hunting-hall, as they call it; that is, for a lodging to retire into for refreshment, after hunting in the forest
1567 Bamff Chart. 71.
Ane hunting horn, price xiiij s
1600 Crim. Trials II. 215.
His Maiesty … standing naked, wythout any kinde of armour but his hunting horne
1513 Doug. x. xii. 57.
The bustuus swyne … betrappit … Amyd the huntyng ralys and the nettis
1586 Treas. Acc. MS. 84 b.
Sevin plane hunting sadillis
1513 Doug. i. vi. 20.
The braid steilheid schuke on the huntyng speir
Ib. iv. iv. 5.
The … huntmen … With huntyng sperys [L. venabula] styf with hedis braid
c1475 Wall. ii. 95.
A huntyn staff in till his hand he bar
1531 Bell. Boece I. 205.
Ane of thaim … drave him throw the body with ane hounting staffe
1675 Erskine Diary 223.
The party haveing indevoured to keep them off with the hunting staffes they had in their hands

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