First attested in the 1300s, a variant of abominable, possibly influenced by Latin ab + homine (“man”). The unnecessary addition of h to words was once common; compare abholish (abolish). Abandoned by the 1600s.. Compare also abhomination.
- Obsolete form of abominable.
1597, Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, act 5, scene I:
- This is abhominable, which he [Don Armado] would call abominable.
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , ↑ISBN), page 3
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ↑ISBN), page 4