See also: æ, Æ, , ǽ, Ǽ, ǣ, Ǣ, and Appendix:Variations of "e"

Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ā-. Akin to Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-), ἀν- (an-, not; without).

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

æ-

  1. without, lacking (usually forms nouns or adjectives)
    ǣcnōsledegenerate, ignoble
    ǣcnōslum ādleWith a degenerate sickness
    ǣgildewithout pay, without compensation
    Ġif hē ġewyrċe þæt hine man afielle, līcge ǣgildeIf he so do that any man fell him down, let him be unpaid
    ǣhīwewithout form, without colour
    Ōðre hwīle hē bið blǣc and ǣhīweOtherwhile he is bleak and colourless
    ǣmettigwithout need, leisurely, unoccupied
    "Wes ðū hāl, geofena ful." Hēo wæs ful cweden, næs ǣmetugu"Wassail thou, full of oceans." She was called full, not empty
    Martha swanc, and Maria sæt ǣmtigMartha toiled, and Mary sat unoccupied
    ǣmellewithout taste, unsavory

Usage notesEdit

  • This is a stressed nominal prefix, equivalent to unstressed ā-.