From French moribond, from Latin moribundus (“dying”).
- (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /ˈmɔːɹɪbʌnd/
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- Hyphenation: mor‧i‧bund
moribund (not comparable)
- Approaching death; about to die; dying; expiring.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], →OCLC, part I, page 206:
- These moribund shapes were free as air - and nearly as thin.
- Almost obsolete, nearing an end.
moribund (plural moribunds)
- A person who is near to dying.
moribund (strong nominative masculine singular moribunder, not comparable)
- (also figurative) moribund (approaching death)
Positive forms of moribund (uncomparable)