Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lady's waiting-maid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general name for a waiting-woman or lady's-maid.
  • n. Sometimes written as a common noun, without a capital.

Etymologies

From the name Abigail, as given to a waiting-maid in Beaumont & Fletcher's play The Scornful Lady. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I love mixing up non - booze cocktails, so come ask aunt abigail if you are so inclined.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Knuckling down to it.

  • Oh, and after I'm done, I will give her praise because of how well she is doing because I know she is trying her hardest to do the right thing. abigail

    Is spanking counterproductive?

  • I hesitated between love and duty for a full second, and then "The hell with Palmerston, let him wait!" cries I, and was plunging for the bed before the abigail was fairly out of the room.

    Fiancée

  • My abigail will have to go down to Berkshire at once.

    Gatlinburg

  • Maidie, meanwhile, ensconced in the Hope family coach with her abigail in attendance, was congratulating herself on the outcome of her mission.

    Gatlinburg

  • Already he discerned an air of bustle about the house, for Lady Hester's abigail was hurrying up the stairs, accompanied by one of the maids, and the stout housekeeper, pausing only to bob a curtsy to her master as he came out of the parlour, set her foot on the bottom stair and began to puff her way up.

    Gatlinburg

  • Rising again, she directed the abigail how to pack her mistress's clothing.

    Gatlinburg

  • For want of something to distract her mind, she had been engaged, when Maidie returned with her abigail in tow, in collecting together those of Maidie's belongings that were scattered about the bedchamber they had shared at her insistence, for she could not reconcile it with her duty to allow her charge to sleep alone in the chamber of a public inn in the heart of the capital.

    Gatlinburg

  • I have not been able to get his Harry Potter robes or glasses off of him abigail i want them!

    HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (TM) Giveaway – Who Wants Free Harry Potter Merchandise? – Collider.com

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  • The addition of two jolly fellows just come from a good supper, could not be unwelcome to abigails, and to the abigails of actresses too...

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 3 ch. 5

    September 13, 2008

  • Abigail Beecher, 1964, Freddie Cannon

    February 9, 2008