stillborn

adjective still·born \ -ˈbȯrn \

Definition of stillborn

1 :dead at birth
2 :failing from the start :abortive, unsuccessful
  • a stillborn venture

stillborn

play \-ˌbȯrn\ noun

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First Known Use of stillborn

1593


STILLBORN Defined for English Language Learners

stillborn

adjective

Definition of stillborn for English Language Learners

  • of a baby : dead at birth

  • : never able to begin operating or proceeding


Medical Dictionary

stillborn

adjective still·born \ -ˈbȯ(ə)rn \

medical Definition of stillborn

:dead at birth — compare live-born

stillborn

play \-ˌbȯ(ə)rn\ noun


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