Main definitions of a- in English

: a-1a-2a-3a-4

a-1

(also an-)

prefix

  • Not; without:

    ‘atheistic’
    ‘acephalous’

Origin

From Greek.

Pronunciation:

a-

/a//eɪ/

Main definitions of a- in English

: a-1a-2a-3a-4

a-2

prefix

  • 1To; towards:

    ‘aside’
    ‘ashore’
    1. 1.1 In the process of (an activity):
      ‘a-hunting’
    2. 1.2 In a specified state:
      ‘aflutter’
    3. 1.3 On:
      ‘afoot’
    4. 1.4 In:
      ‘nowadays’

Origin

Old English, unstressed form of on.

Pronunciation:

a-

/a//eɪ/

Main definitions of a- in English

: a-1a-2a-3a-4

a-3

prefix

  • variant spelling of ad- assimilated before sc, sp, and st (as in ascend, aspire, and astringent)

Pronunciation:

a-

/a//eɪ/

Main definitions of a- in English

: a-1a-2a-3a-4

a-4

prefix

  • 1Of:

    ‘anew’
  • 2Utterly:

    ‘abash’

Origin

Sense 1 is an unstressed form of of; sense 2 is from Anglo-Norman French a- ( Old French e-, es-), from Latin ex.

Pronunciation:

a-

/a//eɪ/