Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Coming out of his fit of grief, he clenched his pocket-handkerchief once more.

"Yes, I must be off," said Arthur, coming out of his reverie with a start.

But it had halted just beyond the niche, not coming out very far.

I thought it led into a passage, and was coming out to order breakfast.

Could I, coming out of Germany with Germans prove my identity?

I don't know—it's the one that's just coming out of mourning.

The boys were coming out from breakfast for a game before school.

"You're not hinderin' me," she replied, coming out of the dark byre as she spoke.

After coming out of the press, how many have handled this tattered volume?

I go in with him, and as we are coming out, I ask him child-like for a wafer.


Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.