"a-" Definition


  1. A, as a prefix to English words, is derived from various sources. (1) It frequently signifies on or in (from an, a forms of AS. on), denoting a state, as in afoot, on foot, abed, amiss, asleep, aground, aloft, away (AS. onweg), and analogically, ablaze, atremble, etc. (2) AS. of off, from, as in adown (AS. ofd/ne off the dun or hill). (3) AS. a- (Goth. us-, ur-, Ger. er-), usually giving an intensive force, and sometimes the sense of away, on, back, as in arise, abide, ago. (4) Old English y- or i- (corrupted from the AS. inseparable particle ge-, cognate with OHG. ga-, gi-, Goth. ga-), which, as a prefix, made no essential addition to the meaning, as in aware. (5) French a (L. ad to), as in abase, achieve. (6) L. a, ab, abs, from, as in avert. (7) Greek insep. prefix / without, or privative, not, as in abyss, atheist; akin to E. un-.

Dictionary Stats for "a-"

Position in dictionary: 167 of 111710 words.
Word Types: ,
Words that start with a-: 4
Words that end with a-: 18
Words that contain a-: 91
Next words in dictionary: a-mornings, a-sea, a-tiptoe, aam, aard-vark
Previous words in dictionary: a priori, a posteriori, a mensa et thoro, a fortiori, a cappella

Definition of a-

See all english dictionary definitions, the word type, and other useful information for the word "a-". The definition of the word "a-" is pulled from the 1913 edition of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. The meaning of this word, and other stats related to "a-", including the position in the dictionary, the number of words that contain, start and end with, and stats related to this word are also extracted from this dictionary version.