Noun Abraham-man Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abraham-man

Pronunciation:

/ˈeɪbrəham ˌman/

Definition:
1.

noun

A beggar claiming to have been released on licence from the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem in London, or any similar institution; (more generally) any vagabond or petty criminal who feigns insanity, especially in order to obtain money by begging.
    ((n.) Alt. of Abram-man)


    Origin:
    Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Harman (fl. 1547–1567), writer on vagabonds. From the personal name Abraham + man.

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