One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- 1.1 In the process of (an activity)‘a-hunting’
- 1.2 In a specified state.‘aflutter’
- 1.3 On.‘afoot’
- 1.4 In.‘nowadays’
- 1.1 In the process of (an activity)
Old English, unstressed form of on.
- variant spelling of ad- assimilated before sc, sp, and st (as in ascend, aspire, and astringent)
Sense 1 is an unstressed form of of; sense 2 is from Anglo-Norman French a- ( Old French e-, es-), from Latin ex.
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