abbey-lubber

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English[edit]

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: This is no huge overgrown abbey-lubber. - John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar, III-iii

References[edit]

  1. ^ “abbey-lubber” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 3.
  • The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914