Is "birthed" an actual word?
No, not to my knowledge.
Maybe they are trying to say 'Born'
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It might have been used in the middle ages, but that's just a guess on my part.
1 comment I've just discovered that sometimes in the Southern U.S. they say:
birthed, birthing (tr.verb)
though it sounds terrible to me!
It's unlikely to be used in the UK...
I can't "birthed". Myself is known among born.
GuestIs "birthed" an actual word? It is, indeed.
American Heritage lists it as a transitive verb. Without the verb, we wouldn't have one of the most famous lines from "Gone With the Wind", where Hattie McDaniel says, "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies, Miss Scarlet".
Philip, you've got the right quote but the wrong actress/character. Hattie McDaniel played Mammy, who probably knew plenty 'bout birthin' babies and was unlikely to become helpless in an emergency. The line you quoted was spoken by Prissy, played by Butterfly McQueen.