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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English breedyng, bredynge (gestation, incubation, propagation, hatching; engineering, formation, development, growth), equivalent to breed +‎ -ing.


breeding (countable and uncountable, plural breedings)

  1. Propagation of offspring through sexual reproduction.
  2. The act of insemination by natural or artificial means.
  3. The act of copulation in animals.
  4. The good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity.
  5. Nurture; education; formation of manners.
    • Shakespeare
      She had her breeding at my father's charge.
  6. Descent; pedigree; extraction.
    Your dog has good breeding.
    • Shakespeare
      Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding.
  7. (gay slang) Ejaculation inside the rectum during bareback anal sex, usually applied to gay pornography.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bredyng, bredynge, from Old English *brēdende, from Proto-Germanic *brōdijandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *brōdijaną (to brood; breed), equivalent to breed +‎ -ing.


breeding (not comparable)

  1. Of, relating to or used for breeding.
    Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria.
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  1. present participle of breed
    Through genetic manipulation and harsh training, I am breeding a species of super-dogs to take over the world.