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- (obsolete, historical, derogatory) An able-bodied idler who grew sleek and fat from the charity of religious houses; a lazy monk.
- 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar, III-iii:
- This is no huge overgrown abbey-lubber.
- ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abbey-lubber”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 3.
- William Dwight Whitney and Benjamin E[li] Smith, editors (1914), “abbey-lubber”, in The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, volume I (A–C), revised edition, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., →OCLC.