- (obsolete) term of contempt for an able-bodied idler who grew sleek and fat from the charity of religious houses; a lazy monk.
- 1681: This is no huge overgrown abbey-lubber. - John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar, III-iii
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3
- The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914