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aborning

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adverb aborn·ing \ə-ˈbȯr-niŋ\

Definition of aborning

  1. :  while being born or produced a resolution that died aborning

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Aborning is a native of U.S. soil; its arrival is marked in the early 20th century dialect of the rural South, and it quickly found its way to the crowded cities and towns of the industrial north. (We don't know exactly when it was conceived, but it came to the attention of the editors at Merriam-Webster in 1916.) "Aborning" combines the prefix a-, meaning "in the process of," and "borning," a dialectal word meaning "birth." "Borning" itself is simply the gerund, or noun form, of the verb "born," a term that was used by, among others, William Faulkner: "The talk ... went here and there about the town, dying and borning again like a wind or a fire" (Light in August, 1932).

Origin and Etymology of aborning

1a- + born (taken as a simple verb) + 3-ing


First Known Use: 1837


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aborning

adjective aborn·ing

Definition of aborning

  1. :  being born or produced the aborning fiasco

Examples of aborning in a Sentence

  1. the new governor will have to deal with the state's aborning fiscal crisis

Origin and Etymology of aborning

derivative of 1aborning


First Known Use: 1943


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