Definition of Abraham man in English:

Abraham man

(also Abram man)

noun

historical
  • A beggar claiming to have been released on licence from the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem in London, or any similar institution; (more generally) any vagabond or petty criminal who feigns insanity, especially in order to obtain money by begging.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Harman (fl. 1547–1567), writer on vagabonds. From the personal name Abraham + man.

Pronunciation:

Abraham man

/ˈeɪbrəham ˌman/