gaingiving

noun
gain·​giv·​ing | \ ˈgān-ˌgi-viŋ How to pronounce gaingiving (audio) , ˌgān-ˈgi- \

Definition of gaingiving

archaic

First Known Use of gaingiving

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaingiving

taken to be a compound of gain- "in opposition to" (going back to Middle English yein-, gein-) + giving, gerund of give entry 1 — more at gainsay

Note: All usage of this word is based on a single instance in Shakespeareʼs Hamlet (V.ii.), though gain-giuing is only the reading of the First Folio (1623)—the second quarto of 1604, in which the passage first occurs, reads gamgiuing (game-giving in the quarto of 1611). The notion that the word means "misgiving" is completely conjectural, as gain- does not have the meaning "mis-."

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“Gaingiving.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaingiving. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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