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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English on-, from Old English on-, an-, from Proto-Germanic *an-, *ana-(on-), from Proto-Indo-European *ano-, *nō-(on). Cognate with Dutch aan-, German an-, Swedish an-.

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on-

  1. Prefix meaning on, at, toward, upon.
    oncome, onset, onfall, onlay

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on-

  1. un-, in-

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Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch un-, from Proto-Germanic *un-, from Proto-Indo-European *n̥-.

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on-

  1. un-, in-

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Category Middle Dutch words prefixed with on- not found


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Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *ana(on)

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PrefixEdit

on-

  1. Forming verbs and adjectives from participles and nouns, with various senses of on, upon, to, there, thither.
    onhlinian "to lean on"
    ondōn "to don, put on clothes"
  2. (inchoactive) in, into; prefix used to intensify an action or to denote origin or initiation
    onlīehtan "to enlighten"
    onstellan, onstiellan "to establish, institute, install, originate"
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Etymology 2Edit

From unstressed form of and-(and-)

PrefixEdit

on-

  1. denoting reverse action
    onbindan "to untie, unbind"
    onfealdan "to unfold"
  2. off, away
    onberan "to carry off"
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