E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
or A gaberlunzie man (g hard). A mendicant; or, more strictly speaking, one of the kings bedesmen, who were licensed beggars. The word gaban is French for a cloak with tight sleeves and a hood. Lunzie is a diminutive of laine (wool); so that gaberlunzie means coarse woollen gown. These bedesmen were also called bluegowns (q.v.), from the colour of their cloaks. (See above, GABARDINE.)