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natural-born

[nach-er-uh l-bawrn, nach-ruh l-] /ˈnætʃ ər əlˈbɔrn, ˈnætʃ rəl-/
adjective
2.
by virtue of one's nature, qualities, or innate talent:
a natural-born musician.
Origin of natural-born
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85
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  • I'll camp on his trail for the rest of his natural-born days!

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He was a “natural-born doctor,” as his wife proudly said of him.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • I'll nurse you; and popper says I am just a natural-born nurse, if there ever was one.

  • He was a natural-born carpenter, with inventive powers of a high order.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • Diamond told him he was a natural-born prevaricator, and let it go at that.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for natural-born

natural-born

adjective
1.
being as specified through one's birth: a natural-born Irishman
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Contemporary definitions for natural-born
adjective

having a position or status from birth

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Word Origin and History for natural-born
adj.

1580s, from natural (adj.) + born.

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Slang definitions & phrases for natural-born

natural-born

adjective

Total; absolute; innate: The man's a natural-born spaz/ a natural-born artist (1930s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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