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[gey-bee] /ˈgeɪ bi/
noun, plural gabies. British Dialect.
a fool.
Origin of gaby
First recorded in 1790-1800; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gabies
Historical Examples
  • "Made in Ireland for English gabies" should be branded upon them.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I have been a play-actor and know how to stage a pair of gabies to the show.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • This graceful drapery recalls the chlamyde worn by the Diana of gabies.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • I fear the Gobies and the gabies are turning in their graves.

British Dictionary definitions for gabies


noun (pl) -bies
(archaic or dialect) a simpleton
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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