Origin of gaby

First recorded in 1790–1800; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gabies

Historical Examples of gabies

  • "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 plural -bies
  1. archaic, or dialect a simpleton

Word Origin for gaby

C18: of unknown origin
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