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an-

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English an-, from Old English an-, on- (on-), from Proto-Germanic *ana (on). More at on.

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PrefixEdit

an-

  1. A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, the same as on-.
    ancome, aneal, anent

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English an-, and-, from Old English and-, ond- (and-, back, against). More at and-.

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, a reduced form of and-.
    answer

Etymology 3Edit

From Ancient Greek ἀν- (an-).

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. not; used to make words that have a sense opposite to the word (or stem) to which the prefix is attached. Used with stems that begin with vowels and "h".
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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-) (ἀν- (an-) immediately preceding a vowel).

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. an-: Not, without, opposite of.

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. Separable verb prefix, on
  2. Separable verb prefix, up

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IdoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From an (at, on)

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. at, on

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IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish an-, in-, from Proto-Celtic *an-, from Proto-Indo-European *n̥-.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. very

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
an- n-an- han- t-an-
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Usage notesEdit

Triggers lenition of a following b, c, f, g, m, p. In Munster, used only before a vowel.

  • an-bheag – "very small"
  • an-deas – "very nice"

Related termsEdit

  • ana- (form used before consonants in Munster)

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the preposition an, from Proto-Germanic *in. Compare German ein-, English in-.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. in- (indicates physical or metaphorical motion into something)

Usage notesEdit

  • When attached to a verb stem beginning with a consonant sound other than /d/, /h/, /n/, /t/ or /t͡s/, the prefix becomes a- as a result of the Eifeler Regel.

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MalagasyEdit

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. prefix element of an- -ana

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Middle WelshEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *an-, from Proto-Indo-European *n̥-.

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. un-, not

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Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ān "one". More at ān

PrefixEdit

ān-

  1. one, uni-, only
    āncyn "only, unique"
  2. sole, single, solitary
    ānbūend "hermit"
    ānġilde "single payment"

Old FrenchEdit

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. Alternative form of en-

PipilEdit

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. (personal) you, second-person plural subject marker.
    Antekitit tik ne mil?
    Do you work at the cornfield?

Usage notesEdit

  • Before a vowel, "an-" changes to "anh-". The digraph <nh> is pronounced as [ŋ]. Example:
Anhajsiket peyna
you came early

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Scottish GaelicEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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an-

  1. un-, anti-
  2. bad, unnatural

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an-

  1. Used to emphasise the root.

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WelshEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Welsh an-, from Proto-Celtic *an-, from Proto-Indo-European *n̥-.

PrefixEdit

an-

  1. un-, not, anti-

Usage notesEdit

Triggers the nasal mutation, sometimes with accompanying euphonic or orthographic adjustments.

Derived termsEdit