abode


abode
abode
In the meaning ‘a dwelling place’, abode is falling into disuse except in two fixed expressions: (of) no fixed abode, used of someone without a permanent address, and right of abode, especially as applied to citizens of Hong Kong who sought the right to settle in Britain after 1997. It has not entirely gone from literature in its ordinary use

• (The house, standing at the edge of a fair-sized tract of woodland and once, perhaps, the abode of gamekeepers —Kingsley Amis, 1974)

and is common in the combination humble abode, preceded by a possessive such as my, used humorously or ironically

• (I will be hosting a soiree at my humble abode on the night in question —weblog, 2004 [OEC])


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • abode — past and past part of abide Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. abode …   Law dictionary

  • abode — a‧bode [əˈbəʊd ǁ əˈboʊd] noun [countable usually singular] formal LAW the place where someone lives: • He has the right of abode in the UK (= he has the right to live there ) . * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Abode — A*bode , n. [OE. abad, abood, fr. abiden to abide. See {Abide}. For the change of vowel, cf. abode, imp. of abide.] 1. Act of waiting; delay. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] And with her fled away without abode. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Stay or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abode — may refer to: *House, a human built dwelling with enclosing walls, a floor, and a roof **Right of abode *World of Two Moons, a fictional Earth type planet featured in the comic book Elfquest …   Wikipedia

  • abode — ► NOUN formal or literary 1) a house or home. 2) residence: right of abode. ORIGIN from ABIDE(Cf. ↑abide) …   English terms dictionary

  • Abode — A*bode , n. [See {Bode}, v. t.] An omen. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] High thundering Juno s husband stirs my spirit with true abodes. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abode — A*bode , v. t. To bode; to foreshow. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abode — A*bode , v. i. To be ominous. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abode — A*bode , pret. of {Abide}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abode — (n.) mid 13c., action of waiting, verbal noun identical with O.E. abad, pp. of abiden to abide (see ABIDE (Cf. abide)), used as a verbal noun. The present to preterite vowel change is consistent with an Old English class I strong verb (ride/rode …   Etymology dictionary