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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAIRING

Now, I beseech you, do tell me, have you ever attended to their pairing and breeding?

Your custom of pairing is not what you call 'urbane' on this world.

“When I was pairing them off so nicely, without their knowledge,” added the girl.

But wait for the pairing; and the extravagant becomes reasonable.

Well I rather thought of pairing with one of the Ulster fellows.

During the pairing season his delight often becomes rapturous.

In March, when they are pairing, four or five may often be found together in one field.

This does not apply to the pairing season; the wanderings have then another end.

Only Jean has the servant-girl habit of pairing off all her friends and acquaintances.

A disease which may be called the pairing fever must not be forgotten here.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "two of a kind coupled in use," from Old French paire "pair, couple," and directly from Medieval Latin paria "equals," neuter plural of Latin par (genitive paris) "a pair, counterpart, equal," noun use of par (adj.) "equal, equal-sized, well-matched" (see par (n.)). Originally of things. Of persons from late 14c. Meaning "a woman's breasts" is attested from 1922. Pair bond (v.) is first attested 1940, in reference to birds mating.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PAIRING

coupling

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