aborning

adverb
aborn·​ing | \ ə-ˈbȯr-niŋ How to pronounce aborning (audio) \

Definition of aborning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: while being born or produced a resolution that died aborning

aborning

adjective

Definition of aborning (Entry 2 of 2)

: being born or produced the aborning fiasco

Synonyms & Antonyms for aborning

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adverb

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).

Examples of aborning in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of aborning

Adverb

1837, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aborning

Adverb

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

Adjective

derivative of aborning entry 1

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“Aborning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aborning. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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