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 North America) That is in the process of being born; coming into existence; before coming to completion. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 765:
      No fewer than five planned “uprisings” died a-borning.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

aborning (not comparable)

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

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2003 [1933], Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 6: