- brought forth by birth.
- possessing from birth the quality, circumstances, or character stated: a born musician; a born fool.
- native to the locale stated; immigrated to the present place from the locale stated: a German-born scientist; a Chicago-born New Yorker.
- a past participle of bear1.
- born yesterday, naive; inexperienced: You can't fool me with that old trick—I wasn't born yesterday.
Origin of born
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- Max . 1882–1970, British nuclear physicist, born in Germany, noted for his fundamental contribution to quantum mechanics: Nobel prize for physics 1954
- the past participle (in most passive uses) of bear 1 (def. 4)
- was not born yesterday is not gullible or foolish
- possessing or appearing to have possessed certain qualities from birtha born musician
- being at birth in a particular social status or other condition as specifiedignobly born
- (in combination)lowborn
- in all one's born days informal so far in one's life
Care should be taken not to use born where borne is intended: he had borne (not born) his ordeal with great courage; the following points should be borne in mind
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Word Origin and History for born yesterday
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Idioms and Phrases with born yesterday
see not born yesterday.
In addition to the idioms beginning with born
- born and bred
- born under a lucky star
- born with a silver spoon
- born yesterday
- in all one's born days
- not born yesterday
- to the manner born
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