a- etymology

English word a- comes from English a

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Detailed word origin of a-

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a English (eng) The name of the Latin script letter A/a. (chiefly, Scotland) All. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.] Any, every; used before a noun which has become modified to limit its scope; also used with a negative to indicate not a single one.. One certain or particular; any single. [First attested between around 1150 to 1350]. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a [...]
a- English (eng) (archaic, dialectal) At such a time. [First attested prior to 1150]. (archaic, dialectal) In the act or process of. Being conflated with the next definition, a- is used in some dialects to indicate any participle. [First attested prior to 1150]. (no longer productive) In, into. Also passing into sense 5. [First attested prior to 1150]. (rare, _, or, _, no longer productive) in, on, at; used [...]

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