1. (also Aby) a Jew.
|‘Further Word-Lists – Pennsylvania’ in DN IV:ii 158: Aby, n. Jew.|
|International Jew 68: The ‘Abies’ and ‘Izzies’ and ‘Moes’ who make up the composing staffs [i.e. of ‘song shops’].|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 20: ‘Chubbarow, Abie! [...] Leave the pore bleeder alone’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 648: She might not seem out of place in a kitchen cooking noodle soup and feeding matzoth to a family of little Abies.Judgement Day in|
|Old Bunch (1946) 102: Here is one of your own Abies for your stable.|
|How to Talk Dirty 98: Pat and Abie and Rastus outside of Saint Peter’s gate all listening to those angels harping in stereotype.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 279: Other generics include: Abe and Abie, a Jew and Jewess.|
|Confronting Fear 418: New York [...] is populated by the ‘Abies’.|
2. (US black) a tailor [trad. linking of Jews and tailoring].
|N.Y. Amsterdam News 7 June. 13: I’m gonna trilly long in a few tickers to Abie and ler him lay one of them frantic togas on my mellow brown frame.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|