in bed: to stay abed late on Sundays.
confined to bed.

Origin of abed

Middle English word dating back to 1200–1300; see origin at a-1, bed


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Examples from the Web for abed

Contemporary Examples of abed

Historical Examples of abed

  • It seemed to her that she awoke after sleeping some hours, and found Jeremiah not yet abed.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • If the Son of Man be indeed coming, what matters it whether we be abed or afoot?'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It's after eight, and when I was little I was abed afore that.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And if I is abed, it's better nor being in bed-lam, isn't it?

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • I had brought with me a book that Madonna Lucrezia had sent me while I was yet abed.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for abed



archaic in bed
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Word Origin and History for abed

Old English on bedde "in bed," from a- (1) + bed (n.). As one word from 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper