from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An old term of contempt for an able-bodied idler who grew sleek and fat upon the charity of religious houses: also sometimes applied to monks.
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Loitering_, and not to become an abbey-lubber, as the old proverb was, but to yield some fruit of my private life ....
This is no father Dominick, no huge overgrown abbey-lubber; this is but a diminutive sucking friar.