a- etymology

English word a- comes from Middle English a-

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Detailed word origin of a-

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
a- Middle English (enm)
a- English (eng) Archaic and Dialectal. In dialect, it is sometimes conflated with sense 5 of the previous definition, and is used as a general indicator of a participle. [First attested around 1150 to 1350 (Middle English).].

Words with the same origin as a-

Descendants of a-
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