• IPA(key): /ˈkʌmɪŋ/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English cominge, comynge, comande, from Old English cumende, from Proto-Germanic *kwemandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *kwemaną (to come), equivalent to come +‎ -ing (present participle ending). Cognate with Dutch komend (coming), German kommend (coming), Swedish kommande (coming), Icelandic komandi (coming).



  1. present participle of come
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English coming, commyng, cumming, equivalent to come +‎ -ing (gerundive ending).


coming (plural comings)

  1. The act of arriving; an arrival.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      But he found it strange to think [] of all these little things that cluster round the comings, and the stayings, and the goings, that he would know nothing of them, nothing of what they had been, as long as he lived, []
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coming (not comparable)

  1. Approaching; of the future, especially the near future; the next.
    See you the/this Sunday coming! -Well, maybe I can't the/this coming Sunday but on Sunday week.
    She will have two or three paintings in the coming exhibition.
    • 1807, Byron, George Gordon, To the Earl of Clare:
      Oh! if you wish that happiness / your coming days and years may bless,
  2. Newly in fashion; advancing into maturity or achievement.
    Ergonomic wallets are the coming thing.
  3. (obsolete) Ready to come; complaisant; fond.
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      How coming to the poet every muse!
    • 1697, Dryden, John, “Dedication of the Æneis”, in The Works of Virgil:
      That he had been so affectionate a husband, was no ill argument to the coming dowager, that he might prove as kind to her.



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