abed

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abedde, on bedde (bed), from Old English bedd (bed). Equivalent to a- (in, on) +‎ bed.

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Adverb[edit]

abed (comparative more abed, superlative most abed)

  1. In bed, or on the bed; confined to bed. [First attested from 1150 to 1350.][1]
    • Not to be abed after midnight - Shakespeare,Twelfth Night, II,iii
  2. To childbed
    • "I mean, she's brought a-bed" - Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, IV,ii

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3

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