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”).
coming (plural comings)
coming (not comparable)
- Approaching; of the future, especially the near future; the next.
- We expect great things from you this coming year.
- 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,
- Newly in fashion; advancing into maturity or achievement.
- Ergonomic wallets are the coming thing.
- (obsolete) Ready to come; complaisant; fond.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Alexander Pope to this entry?)
- 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.