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  1. in birth; before being carried out: The scheme died aborning.
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  1. being born; coming into being, fruition, realization, etc.: A new era of architecture is aborning.
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Origin of aborning

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for aborning


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

C20: from a- ² + borning, from born
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Word Origin and History for aborning


1893, American English, from a- (1) + born + -ing (2).

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