- abood (obsolete)
From Middle English abod, abad, from Old English *ābād, related to ābīdan (“to abide”); see abide. Cognate with Scots abade, abaid (“abode”). For the change of vowel, compare abode, preterite of abide.
abode (plural abodes)
- (obsolete) Act of waiting; delay. [Attested from (1150 to 1350) to the early 17th century.]
- (obsolete) Stay or continuance in a place; sojourn. [Attested from (1350 to 1470) to the mid 18th century.]
- 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond:
- During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
- The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; […] . Our table in the dining-room became again the abode of scintillating wit and caustic repartee, Farrar bracing up to his old standard, and the demand for seats in the vicinity rose to an animated competition.
- (formal) A residence, dwelling or habitation. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- of no fixed abode.
- See also Thesaurus:abode
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- simple past tense and past participle of
- 1898, Henry James, In the Cage:
- The fine, soundless pulse of this game was in the air for our young woman while they remained in the shop. While they remained? They remained all day; their presence continued and abode with her, was in everything she did till nightfall....
From an alteration (with bode) of Middle English abeden (“to announce”), from Old English ābēodan (“to command, proclaim”), from a- + bēodan (“to command, proclaim”). Superficial analysis is a- + bode (“presage, portend, announce”).
abode (plural abodes)
- (obsolete) An omen; a foretelling. [Attested from the late 16th century to the late 17th century.]
- (transitive, obsolete) To bode; to foreshow; to presage. [Attested from the late 16th century to the mid 17th century.]
- (intransitive, obsolete) To be ominous. [Attested from the mid 17th century to the late 17th century.]
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , →ISBN), page 6