There are 2 main definitions of abigail in English:

Share this entry

abigail 1

Line breaks: abi|gail
Pronunciation: /ˈabɪɡeɪl/

noun

archaic
A lady’s maid.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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”.’.

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of abigail in English:

Share this entry

freewheeling 2 Line breaks: free|wheel|ing
Pronunciation: /ˌfriːˈwiːlɪŋ/

adjective

Characterized by a disregard for rules or conventions; unconstrained or uninhibited: he exemplifies the freewheeling spirit of a certain sector of the digital economy the freewheeling drug scene of the sixties

Definition of abigail in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources