- an act or instance of being born: the day of his birth.
- the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition: a difficult birth.
- lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth.
- high or noble lineage: to be foolishly vain about one's birth.
- natural heritage: a musician by birth.
- any coming into existence; origin; beginning: the birth of Protestantism; the birth of an idea.
- Archaic. something that is born.
- to give birth to.
- to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.
- give birth to,
- to bear (a child).
- to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Origin of birth
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Examples from the Web for birthed
But it will take more than superficial solidarity to dismantle those structures and the ideologies that birthed them.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
The housing bubble was at very the center of the financial crisis that birthed Dodd-Frank.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
But birthed out of the annals of Reddit and onto heavily trafficked pop-culture sites, “Too Many Cooks” has become mainstream.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From
November 11, 2014
The Big Brother TV show was birthed in 1999, Facebook in 2004, YouTube in 2005.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris
July 11, 2014
The books have sold over six million copies, and birthed a TV mini-series in the early 1990s starring Olympia Dukakis.Armistead Maupin Bids Farewell to 'Tales'
February 2, 2014
And yet my perhaps sympathy for the girl was birthed by accident, not design on her part.The Three Sapphires
W. A. Fraser
I was birthed in storm, after battle, and my swaddling cloth was a wolfskin.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)
Like the race of man it loved its kind, and birthed and breast-nourished its young.Jerry of the Islands
Mammy was birthed in North Carolina, but daddy allus say he come from Africy.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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Granny Phoebe was the midwife at our plantashun and she birthed all the babies.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
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- the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirthRelated adjective: natal
- the act or fact of being born; nativity
- the coming into existence of something; origin
- ancestry; lineageof high birth
- noble ancestrya man of birth
- natural or inherited talentan artist by birth
- archaic the offspring or young born at a particular time or of a particular mother
- give birth
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
- to bear or bring forth (a child)
Word Origin and History for birthed
early 13c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse *byrðr (replacing cognate Old English gebyrd "birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate"), from Proto-Germanic *gaburthis (cf. Old Frisian berd, Old Saxon giburd, Dutch geboorte, Old High German giburt, German geburt, Gothic gabaurþs), from PIE *bhrto past participle of root *bher- (1) "to carry; to bear children" (cf. Sanskrit bhrtih "a bringing, maintenance," Latin fors, genitive fortis "chance;" see bear (v.)). Suffix -th is for "process" (as in bath, death). Meaning "parentage, lineage, extraction" (revived from Old English) is from mid-13c. Birth control is from 1914; birth rate from 1859. Birth certificate is from 1842.
mid-13c., from birth (n.). Related: Birthed; birthing.
- The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.
- The act or process of bearing young; parturition.
- The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.
- The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance.
- Origin; extraction.
- The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.
- Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
Idioms and Phrases with birthed
see give birth to.