- (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 gerundial
Historical Examples of gerundial
This use of the gerundial infinitive is frequent in AR, comp.
The infinitive, or its noun, is used for the gerund, or a gerundial phrase in English.
To seye is the gerundial or dative infinitive; see Morris, Hist.
The gerundial termination -enne, superseded by the infinitive termination -en; as to lufian for to lufienne, or lufigenne.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
Those ending in -nes or -ung are feminine (cf. Modern 12 English goodness, and gerundial forms in -ing: seeing is believing).Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book
C. Alphonso Smith
- 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 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.