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abide +‎ -er



abider (plural abiders)

  1. (obsolete) One who abides, or continues. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • c. 1583, Philip Sidney; Evelyn Shirley Shuckburgh, An Apologie for Poetrie, published 1891, page 1:
      Hee sayde, they were the Maisters of warre, and ornaments of peace : speedy goers, and strong abiders : triumphers both in Camps and Courts.
  2. One who dwells or stays; a resident. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • c. 1610, John Speed; Eva Germaine Rimington Taylor, An atlas of Tudor England and Wales: 40 plates from John Speed's pocket atlas, published 1951, page 27:
      But although it had everything 'to content the purse, the heart, the eye', there was a local proverb saying: 'What is best for the Abider is worst for the [Traveler]
    • 1640, George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum; or, Outlandish Proverbs, Sentences, etc., in The Remains of that Sweet Singer of the Temple George Herbert, London: Pickering, 1841, p. 150,[1]
      Much spends the traveller more than the abider.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 4