The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Liking \Lik"ing\, n.
1. The state of being pleasing; a suiting. See On liking,
below. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
2. The state of being pleased with, or attracted toward, some
thing or person; hence, inclination; desire; pleasure;
preference; -- often with for, formerly with to; as, it is
an amusement I have no liking for.
If the human intellect hath once taken a liking to
any doctrine, . . . it draws everything else into
harmony with that doctrine, and to its support.
3. Appearance; look; figure; state of body as to health or
I shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I
have an eye to make difference of men's liking.
Their young ones are in good liking. --Job. xxxix.
On liking, on condition of being pleasing to or suiting;
also, on condition of being pleased with; as, to hold a
place of service on liking; to engage a servant on liking.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line
. . . to be a king on liking and on sufferance?