[ uh-bawr-ning ]

  1. in birth; before being carried out: The scheme died aborning.

  1. being born; coming into being, fruition, realization, etc.: A new era of architecture is aborning.

Origin of aborning

1930–35; a-1 + borning irregular for being born;see born, -ing2

Words Nearby aborning

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How to use aborning in a sentence

  • And green things died and shriveled, aborning: The desert was dotted with dead cattle.

    Still Jim | Honor Willsie Morrow
  • I smiled back, but the smile died aborning, for with one motion she rolled over the rail and was gone!

    Adventures in Swaziland | Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • The Homer she had first known, when the El Hassan scheme was still aborning, had thought of himself as a member of a team.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth | Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Talk of the FCC investigation had died aborning, but talk like that was enough to upset anybody.

    Prologue to an Analogue | Leigh Richmond

British Dictionary definitions for aborning


/ (əˈbɔːnɪŋ) /

  1. US while being born, developed, or realized (esp in the phrase die aborning)

Origin of aborning

C20: from a- ² + borning, from born

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