on etymology

English word on comes from Proto-Indo-European *enew, Proto-Indo-European *Hwenh₁-, and later Proto-Germanic *ēnu ((with instrumental) without.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word on. Currently you are viewing the etymology of on with the meaning: (Preposition) (UK, _, dialectal, Scotland) Without.(UK, _, dialectal, Scotland) Without

Detailed word origin of on

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*enew Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) without
*Hwenh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ēnu Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (with instrumental) without.
*wēniz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Belief. Hope, expectation.
ván Old Norse (non)
on English (eng) (UK, _, dialectal, Scotland) Without.

Words with the same origin as on

Descendants of *enew
acknowledge acknowledged ongoing online onstage onto onward onwards