Idioms

    wear out one's welcome, to make one's visits so frequent or of such long duration that they become offensive: Your cousins have long since worn out their welcome.

Origin of welcome

before 900; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse velkominn, equivalent to vel well1 + kominn come (past participle); replacing Old English wilcuma one who is welcome, equivalent to wil- welcome (see will2) + cuma comer
Related formswel·come·ness, nounwel·com·er, nounpre·wel·come, noun, verb (used with object), pre·wel·comed, pre·wel·com·ing.un·wel·come, adjectiveun·wel·comed, adjectiveun·wel·com·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for welcoming

Contemporary Examples of welcoming

Historical Examples of welcoming

  • Bobby was a part of it, and Bobby had held out to him a welcoming hand.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • He was the kind of guest she had pleasure in welcoming at Bonavista.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • She gave him a welcoming smile of sheer sympathy with his mood.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • The prehistoric man was cursing us, praying to us, welcoming us—who could tell?

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • And that young man ended by welcoming your name, so to speak, with both hands.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for welcoming

welcome

adjective

gladly and cordially received or admitteda welcome guest
bringing pleasure or gratitudea welcome gift
freely permitted or invitedyou are welcome to call
under no obligation (only in such phrases as you're welcome or he's welcome, as conventional responses to thanks)

sentence substitute

an expression of cordial greeting, esp to a person whose arrival is desired or pleasing

noun

the act of greeting or receiving a person or thing; receptionthe new theory had a cool welcome
wear out one's welcome to come more often or stay longer than is acceptable or pleasing

verb (tr)

to greet the arrival of (visitors, guests, etc) cordially or gladly
to receive or accept, esp gladly
Derived Formswelcomely, adverbwelcomeness, nounwelcomer, noun

Word Origin for welcome

C12: changed (through influence of well 1) from Old English wilcuma (agent noun referring to a welcome guest), wilcume (a greeting of welcome), from wil will ² + cuman to come
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Word Origin and History for welcoming

welcome

v.

Old English wilcumian, from wilcuma (see welcome (n.)). Related: Welcomed; welcoming.

welcome

n.

Old English wilcuma, exclamation of kindly greeting, from earlier wilcuma (n.) "welcome guest," literally "one whose coming is in accord with another's will," from willa "pleasure, desire, choice" (see will (v.)) + cuma "guest," related to cuman (see come). Cf. Old High German willicomo, Middle Dutch wellecome. Meaning "entertainment or public reception as a greeting" is recorded from 1530. You're welcome as a formulaic response to thank you is attested from 1907. Welcome mat first recorded 1951; welcome wagon is attested from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with welcoming

welcome

see warm welcome; wear out one's welcome; you're welcome.

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