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  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌmɪŋ/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English cominge, comynge, comande, from Old English cumende, from Proto-Germanic *kwemandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *kwemaną (to come), equivalent to come +‎ -ing (present participle ending). Cognate with Dutch komend (coming), German kommend (coming), Swedish kommande (coming), Icelandic komandi (coming).



  1. present participle of come
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English coming, commyng, cumming, equivalent to come +‎ -ing (gerundive ending).


coming (plural comings)

  1. The act of arriving; an arrival
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coming (not comparable)

  1. Approaching; of the future, especially the near future; the next.
    See you the/this Sunday coming! -Well, maybe I can't the/this coming Sunday but on Sunday week.
    She will have two or three paintings in the coming exhibition.
    • 1807, Byron, George Gordon, To the Earl of Clare:
      Oh! if you wish that happiness / your coming days and years may bless,
  2. Newly in fashion; advancing into maturity or achievement.
    Ergonomic wallets are the coming thing.
  3. (obsolete) Ready to come; complaisant; fond.
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      How coming to the poet every muse!
    • 1697, Dryden, John, “Dedication of the Æneis”, in The Works of Virgil:
      That he had been so affectionate a husband, was no ill argument to the coming dowager, that he might prove as kind to her.



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