Definition of portender in US English:

portender

noun

  • A thing which or person who portends; an omen, a warning.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Swan (bap. 1605, d. 1671), Church of England clergyman and encyclopaedist. From portend + -er.

Pronunciation

portender

/pɔːˈtɛndə/