aby

verb \ ə-ˈbī \
variants: or abye

Definition of aby

transitive verb
archaic
:to suffer a penalty for

Origin and Etymology of aby

Middle English abien, abiggen, abuggen "to pay for, obtain at the cost of labor or suffering, redeem, pay a penalty for," from a-, weak perfective prefix (going back to Old English a-) + bien, biggen "to purchase, pay for" — more at abide, 1buy


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