Abraham–man

noun Abra·ham–man \ˈābrəˌhamˌman, -haa(ə)mˌmaa(ə)n; ˈābrəmˌ-, ˈābrəhəmˌ-\
variants: less commonly

Abram–man

\ˈābrəmˌ-\

Definition of Abraham–man

plural

Abraham–men

also

Abram–men

  1. :  one of a class of beggars who roamed through England especially in the 16th and 17th centuries usually feigning lunacy to obtain alms

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Origin and Etymology of abraham–man

after Abraham or Abram, Biblical patriarch of the Jews; probably from the New Testament reference (Luke 16:19–31) to the beggar Lazarus, who is said to have rested in Abraham's bosom after death


First Known Use: 1567


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