abune

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

abune (uncountable)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) Alternative form of aboon.[First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]

AdverbEdit

abune

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) Alternative form of aboon.[First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]

PrepositionEdit

abune

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) Alternative form of aboon.[First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • 1877, Peter Burn, English Border Ballads:
      Noo, high abune winds an' waves abune
    • 1991, Katharine Mary Briggs, A Dictionary of British Folk Tales in the British Language:
      And he gaed, and as he was bringing hame the water, a raven owre abune his head cried to him to look...

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 10

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PrepositionEdit

abune

  1. above, beyond
    • 1780, Robert Burns, Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns[1]:
      Now deil-ma-care about their jaw, The senseless, gawky million; I'll cock my nose abune them a', I'm roos'd by Craigen-Gillan!
    • 1806, Walter Scott, Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)[2]:
      In the forefront o' that castelle feir, Twa unicorns are bra' to see; There's the picture of a knight, and a ladye bright, And the grene hollin abune their brie.
    • 1874, Edward Bannerman Ramsay, Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character[3]:
      "Leeze me abune them a'," said one of the company, who had waxed warm in the discussion, "for yon auld clear-headed (bald) man, that said, 'Raphael sings an' Gabriel strikes his goolden harp, an' a' the angels clap their wings wi' joy.'
    • 1919, J. B. Salmond, My Man Sandy[4]:
      There was a nesty plook cam' oot juist abune his lug on Setarday, an' he cudna get on his lum hat; so he had to bide at hame a' Sabbath, an' he spent the feck o' the day i' the hoose readin' Tammas Boston's "Power-fold State" an' the "Pilgrim's Progress."
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