- (Northern England, Scotland) Alternative form of [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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...
- “abune” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ↑ISBN, page 10.
- above, beyond
1780, Robert Burns, Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns:
- 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):
- 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:
- "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:
- 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."