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childing

[ chahyl-ding ]
/ ˈtʃaɪl dɪŋ /
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adjective Archaic.

bearing children; pregnant.

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Origin of childing

A Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at child, -ing2
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Example sentences from the Web for childing

  • If I was not childing, I could have had a room for him, but somehow I shall be lying-in in every room and all over the place.

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