abbey-lubber

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Noun[edit]

abbey-lubber (plural abbey-lubbers)

  1. (obsolete, historical, derogatory) An able-bodied idler who grew sleek and fat from the charity of religious houses; a lazy monk.[1]
    • 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar, III-iii:
      This is no huge overgrown abbey-lubber.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 3
  • The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914