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backgain

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Alteration of back-ganging (noun), equivalent to back +‎ ganging.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

backgain (plural backgains)

  1. (UK dialectal) A relapse.
  2. (UK dialectal) A decline; consumption.
  3. (UK dialectal) A relapse in illness.

Etymology 2Edit

Alteration of back-ganging (adj), equivalent to back +‎ ganging.

Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

backgain (comparative more backgain, superlative most backgain)

  1. (UK dialectal) Receding; going back.
  2. (UK dialectal, of persons) Not thriving in health or in worldly concerns.
    a backgain family

See alsoEdit