gaby

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gaby (plural gabies)

  1. (regional) A stupid, foolish person; a simpleton; a dunce.
Synonyms: guffin, nincompoop, fool
    • 1902, John Kendrick Bangs, Olympian Nights, ch. 10:
      "[Y]ou're a jobbernowl and a doodle, a maundering mooncalf and a blockheaded numps, a gaby and a loon; you're a Hatter!" I shrieked the last epithet.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 2:
      "You pair of gabeys!" she exclaimed. "You'll see him before the night's out."

Lower Sorbian[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

gaby

  1. if
    Synonyms: -li, gaž, joli

Etymology 2[edit]

Univerbation of gaž (if) +‎ by (would)

Verb[edit]

gaby (defective, invariable)

  1. ifwould

Further reading[edit]

  • gaby in Ernst Muka/Mucke (St. Petersburg and Prague 1911–28): Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow / Wörterbuch der nieder-wendischen Sprache und ihrer Dialekte. Reprinted 2008, Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.
  • gaby in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.