noun• formal or • literary
- 1A place of residence; a house or home: my humble abodeMore example sentences
home, house, place of residence/habitation, accommodation, habitat, base, seat; quarters, lodgings, rooms; address, location, place, whereaboutson the streets, vagrant, sleeping rough, living rough; destitute, down and out, derelict, itinerant
- These are the people living in bed and breakfasts, sofa surfing with friends and moving from house to house with no fixed abode.
- In between the luxurious modern houses are two curious abodes.
- Their house was more like a small castle than a humble abode.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Residence: their right of abode in BritainMore example sentences
- This points to a worldly, finite, lived morality - to an ethos in its sense of abode and dwelling place - and away from the abstract and systematic utilitarianism so common in Australia.
- In the time since he had left his native Ballyredmond and taken up his abode in Rathvilly he had spent a period of time in Courtown, Co. Wexford.
- The independent senator said a lot of the crime in the society was being committed by people of no fixed place of abode.
- 1.2 • archaic A stay; a sojourn.More example sentences
- He waxeth Wrath at your Abode here.
of no fixed abode
- (Of a person) having no permanent residence: both defendants were said to be of no fixed abodeMore example sentences
- There is a further provision in relation to children of no fixed abode.
- Detectives said the man, who is said to be of no fixed abode, is being held at Darlington police station.
- At an earlier hearing Hillier, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary.
Middle English (in the sense 'act of waiting'): verbal noun from abide.