(later use US black) to abide, to tolerate.
|Dickens’ Journalism I (1994) 245: The young lady denied having formed any such engagements at all — she couldn’t abear the men, they were such deceivers.‘Misplaced Attachment of Mr John Dounce’ in Slater|
|Buffalo Courier (NY) 16 Mar. 2/3: [from Bentley’s Misc.] ‘I couldn’t abear that the poor little innoivent sho go the work ’us’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 9 Oct. 3/2: The aggerawashuns as I’m a forced to abear.|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 446: I knows I be so all-fired jealous; I can’t abear to hear o’ her talkin’, let alone writin’ to —.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|(con. 1940s) JiveOn.com [Internet] Abear: v. To neither forbid nor prevent some thing, occurrence, or action [...] ‘You want to go down a fancy stroll just to get some shoe strings!? Sheeeeeeit! I can abear it!’.‘The Jive Bible’ at|