See also: Coming

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌmɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌmɪŋ

Etymology 1 edit

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).

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  1. present participle and gerund of come
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Etymology 2 edit

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

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coming (plural comings)

  1. The act of arriving; an arrival.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Grove Press, published 1959, →OCLC:
      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.
    We expect great things from you this coming year.
    She will have two or three paintings in the coming exhibition.
    • 1807, George Gordon Byron, 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.
    • 1733–1737, Alexander Pope, [Imitations of Horace], London: [] R[obert] Dodsley [et al.]:
      How coming to the poet every muse!
    • 1697, John Dryden, “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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