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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-i-geyl]
    • /ˈæb ɪˌgeɪl/
    • /ˈæbɪgeɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-i-geyl]
    • /ˈæb ɪˌgeɪl/

Definitions of abigail word

  • noun abigail the woman who brought provisions to David and his followers and subsequently became his wife (I Samuel 25:1–42) 3
  • noun abigail a feminine name: dim. Abby, Gail 3
  • noun abigail a lady's maid 3
  • noun abigail the wife of Nabal and later of David. I Sam. 25. 1
  • noun abigail a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “joy of the father.”. 1
  • noun abigail (obsolete) A lady’s waiting maid. (Mid 17th century.). 1

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Origin of abigail

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
1645-55; after Abigail, name of attendant in play The Scornful Lady (1610), by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

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Parts of speech for Abigail


abigail popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abigail usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abigail

noun abigail

  • soubrette — a maidservant or lady's maid in a play, opera, or the like, especially one displaying coquetry, pertness, and a tendency to engage in intrigue.
  • maid-in-waiting — an unmarried woman who serves as an attendant to a queen or princess; lady-in-waiting.
  • lady's maid — a maid who is a woman's personal attendant, as in dressing.
  • companion — A companion is someone who you spend time with or who you are travelling with.
  • confidante — Someone's confidante is a woman who they are able to discuss their private problems with.

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