aborning

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

a- (in the act of) +‎ born + -ing

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

aborning (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) That is in the process of being born; coming into existence; before coming to completion. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]
    • 1985 April 20, “Mousie Mousie Wildflower (personal advertisement)”, in Gay Community News, page 13:
      What a shock this morning
      A terror without warning
      Turned out a blank
      What heavens thank
      The "frie" died a borning.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford, published 2004, page 765:
      No fewer than five planned “uprisings” died a-borning.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

aborning (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) While being born or produced. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]
    This festival is an excellent chance to see new talent aborning.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Lesley, editor (1933) The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, published 2003, →ISBN, page 6