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[uh-bahy] /əˈbaɪ/
verb (used with object), past and past participle abought.
Archaic. to pay the penalty of.
verb (used without object), past and past participle abought. Obsolete.
to endure; continue.
to undergo suffering as a penalty.
Origin of aby
before 1100; Middle English abyen, Old English ābycgan. See a-3, buy Unabridged
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  • I'll tell you what it is, aby, I ain't so sure you'd have such an uncommon deal of pluck yourself.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • Mark my words, aby—that acting of yours will do your business.

  • "aby, was a good boy," said the mother; whose heart seemed constantly to revert to her dead son.

    The Elm Tree Tales F. Irene Burge Smith
  • But soon after noon aby did induce him to say a word or two.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • Youd pull the bananas off a blind mans pushcart to bring to your aby.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • The father did what he could; but he had no means of keeping his son at home, and so aby went.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • And aby, seeing this, seated himself more comfortably in his own.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • There was certainly some truth in what aby had said with reference to his father.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • And then leading aby through the hall and along a passage, he introduced him into Sir Thomas's room.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for aby


verb abys, abyes, abying, abought
(transitive) (archaic) to pay the penalty for; redeem
Word Origin
Old English ābycgan to pay for, atone for, from bycgan to buy
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