Middle English Dictionary Entry
Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)
- (c1410) York MGame (Vsp B.12)18 : Than is it faire to hunt to þe hert..to serche..to herborowe..to mwe..to hunt..to retreue hym, And a faire þing to be at þe abbaies, whedir it be on watir or on londe.
- (c1410) York MGame (Vsp B.12)101 : Whan þe lord þenkeþ þat þe abay haþ lasted longe ynowe.
- a1425 *York MGame [OD col.] (Dgb 182)ch.33 : Euery man stonde a broode and blowe þe deth, and make a shorte abay forto rewarde þe houndes.
- c1330(?c1300) Guy(1) (Auch)6751 : Into a forest þat swine hem ʒede..Þer he stod at a bay.
- (c1410) York MGame (Vsp B.12)7 : The herte shal be ouyrcome and shal be at abay.
- (c1410) York MGame (Vsp B.12)15 : And turneþ home to þe abay, as a boor.
- c1440 Degrev.(Thrn)254 : He vncuppilde hys hundis..þe forest þay fraye; Þe hertis bade at a-baye..Sexty hertis were slayne.
- c1425(a1420) Lydg.TB (Aug A.4)1.2750 : Þus sche was at a-bay I-set Amyd of hope and of drede also.
- c1425(a1420) Lydg.TB (Aug A.4)4.4648 : Proudly..stondynge at a-bay, Þis Anthenor wiþ-oute reuerence Spak to þe kyng in open audience.
- a1450(a1400) Medit.Pass.(2) (Add 11307)450 : Now is þe kyng, ful of mercy, Brouʒt at abay..þei spatton in his faire face.