a- etymology

English word a- comes from Proto-Indo-European *apó

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Detailed word origin of a-

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*apó Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ab Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
ab Latin (lat) (source of action or event) by, of. (time) after, since. At, on, in. From, away from, out of.
a- English (eng) (no longer productive) Away from. [First attested from around 1150 to 1350.].

Words with the same origin as a-

Descendants of *apó
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