lie-abed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lie-abed a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lie-abed one who lies late—also adj.Lie along, to be extended at full length
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. licgan; Ger. liegen; Goth. ligan.

Usage

In literature:

You don't know enough to lie abed and let a fellow sleep.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Can lying abed till noon then, being not the threescore and fifteenth thousand part of his nap, be hurtful?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
Did he lie abed all morning?
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Mrs. Hazleton scolded her jestingly for late rising, and asked if she was always such a lie-abed.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
Generally Miss Lie-abed is still reposing at nine of the clock!
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
They had gradually fallen into the habit of lying abed late, and consequently they could not sleep before midnight.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
If it rains I shall lie abed all day.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Minnie she gets up and gets wot she wants but I tell 'er she ought to lie abed.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Now you're to lie abed and let me bring you your breakfast.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
It was sinful indulgence for her to be lying abed.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

When I was young, I slept like stone,
When I was young, I grew like tree.
Now I lie, abed, alone,
And I wonder if 'tis me.
"Old Man Hoppergrass" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Up, lad: thews that lie and cumber
Sunlit pallets never thrive;
Morns abed and daylight slumber
Were not meant for man alive.
"IV: Reveille" by A E Housman
“Wake up, wake up, King Siward!
Over long thou sleepest there,
The while the King’s son Hafbur
Lies abed by Signy the fair.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
King’s children have I eaten with,
And lain down by their side:
Must I lie abed now with a very nurse?
Then woe is me this tide!”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
"Weep not, brave lass," the Skipper said;
"Return to you he will;
In hospital he lies abed
In Rio in Brazil;
But though I know he is not dead,
I do not know his ill."
"Breton Wife" by Robert W Service
This little toe is hungry—
This little toe is too,
This toe lies abed like a sleepy head,
And this toe cries "Boo-hoo."
This toe big and tall is the smartest of all
For he pops into stocking and shoe.
"Five Little Toes In The Morning" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox