oby (plural obies)
- Archaic form of obeah.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for oby in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- The stem oby could never be used inside a sentence without a prefix. In predicative position, the form toby was used for animate subjects, and soby for inanimate subjects. When modifying nouns, the noun itself would be agglutinated with the adjective (as nouns always precede adjectives in Tupi).
- LEMOS BARBOSA, A. Curso de Tupi antigo. Rio de Janeiro: Livraria São José, 1956.