- (in certain languages, as Latin) a form regularly derived from a verb and functioning as a noun, having in Latin all case forms but the nominative, as Latin dicendī gen., dicendō, dat., abl., etc., “saying.”See also gerundive(def 1).
- the English -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as writing in Writing is easy.
- a form similar to the Latin gerund in meaning or function.
Origin of gerund
Examples from the Web for gerund
He writes omneis at length, and quidquid, and his gerund is most inconformable.Microcosmography
The gerund is n, nte, naqu xite, or nacatte 'since it is not.'
The negative present is voinu and the gerund in Do is voite.
Its preterit is saiguitta and its gerund in Do is saiguitte.
Well, if you have, how are you going to spot the gerund and the gerundive?The Varmint
- a noun formed from a verb, denoting an action or state. In English, the gerund, like the present participle, is formed in -ingthe living is easy
Word Origin and History for gerund
1510s, from Late Latin gerundium, from Old Latin gerundum "to be carried out," gerundive of gerere "to bear, carry" (see gest). In Latin, a verbal noun used for all cases of the infinitive but the nominative; applied in English to verbal nouns in -ing.