- Lady Protheroe sent her abigail ahead and took Croft's arm.
- I was as close as a young lady might be to her abigail, but it did not help that I could not drag a coherent word out of her.
- I have taken the liberty of retaining an abigail for you; I was surprised your father had not done so.
Mid 17th century: from the name of a character in The Scornful Lady by Beaumont and Fletcher, possibly in allusion to 1 Sam. 25: 23–24: ‘And when Abigail saw David, she … fell at his feet, and said, “… hear the words of thine handmaid”.’.
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