a- etymology

Middle English word a- comes from Old English ā-, Proto-Indo-European *h₂en- (On, onto.), Middle French a-, Middle English y-, Proto-Indo-European *yo-, Proto-Indo-European - -nós

You can also see our other etymologies for the Middle English word a-.

Detailed word origin of a-

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ā- Old English (ang)
*h₂en- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) On, onto.
a- Middle French (frm)
y- Middle English (enm) Used with past participle conjugations to form past participles (this prefix does not occur independently).
*yo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
- -nós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ana Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*h₂enh̥₂ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*an Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) On, onto (+accusative) onto. (+dative) on, upon.
*óynos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) One. Single.
*ainaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (in the plural) some. (in the singular) one.
a- Old English (ang) Forming words with the sense from, away, off, out, e.g. āniman.
ānes Old English (ang)
a- Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as a-

Descendants of ā-
abede aberen abord abrood abuȝen adighten adihten adiliȝen adred afaren afferen ahebben ahōn alighten ameten arisen arist ariȝt around ashore asteorten astonen astounen astunen astunien
Descendants of *h₂en-
a abak abouten ajar aline amansien an an- anelen anfilt anhealden anvelt asterten o one onehand onelen onlighten onsenden uthe
Descendants of a-
ackowen ariht
Descendants of y-
y- ypeynted ypunished ysame
Descendants of *yo-
Descendants of - -nós
careful elpi enen folien folȝen fulien full fullynge fylle iwald lana succida na nillen noen non none onhende onlepi pardonen punischen traitourfull vulle wald wolle