abode - Wiktionary
Alternative forms
abood (obsolete)
Etymology 1
From Middle English abod, abad, from Old English ābād, first person past singular indicative of ābīdan (“to abide”); see abide. Cognate with Scots abade, abaid (“abode”). For the change of nouns, compare abode, preterite of abide.
abode (plural abodes)
  1. (obsolete) Act of waiting; delay. [Attested from (1150 to 1350) to the early 17th century.][1]
    1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.viii:
    Vpon his Courser set the louely lode, / And with her fled away without abode.
  2. (dated or law) Stay or continuance in a place; sojourn. [Attested from (1350 to 1470) to the mid 18th century.][1]
    • 1661, John Fell Summary, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond[1]:
      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 […]
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume 2, London: Millar, OCLC 833558210, page 289:
      You behold, Sir, how he waxeth Wroth at your Abode here.
    • 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.
  3. (formal) A residence, dwelling or habitation. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    of no fixed abode
    1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, London: s.n., OCLC230680036, page 236:
    Come let me lead you to our poor Abode.
See also Thesaurus:abode
obsolete: act of waiting
stay or continuance in a place; sojourn
slightly dated: residence
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Vietnamese: (please verify) nơi ở (vi), (please verify) sự ở lại, (please verify) sự lưu lại
simple past tense and past participle of abide
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....
Etymology 2
From an alteration (with bode) of Middle Englishabeden (“to announce”), from Old Englishābēodan (“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.][1]
1865, George Chapman, Richard Hooper, editor, The Iliads of Homer, London: J.R. Smith, OCLC 312171, page 6:
High-thundering Juno's husband, stirs my spirit with true abodes.
omen — see omen
abode (third-person singular simple presentabodes, present participle aboding, simple past and past participle aboded)
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To bode; to foreshow; to presage. [Attested from the late 16th century to the mid 17th century.][1]
    1591, Shakespeare, William, Henry VI, Part 3, Act 5, Scene 6:
    The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To be ominous. [Attested from the mid 17th century to the late 17th century.][1]
Derived terms
Derived terms
See also
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002) , “abode”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6
EABOD, adobe, boaed
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