-a-

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From of a (as in half-a-crown) or of (as in jack-a-napes from Middle English Jak of Naples). Some terms have fully incorporated the use, as ragamuffin and jackanape(s); others arise from mistaken assimilation to the form, as all-a-gog and cock-a-leekie.

Interfix[edit]

-a-

  1. Connective interfix used in forming compounds, often no longer carrying a distinct meaning.
    Synonym: o'
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From earlier a (attested by the 14th c.), as a contraction of and and its various Middle English forms.

Conjunction[edit]

-a-

  1. And
    • 1746, Exmoor Scolding 3rd ed., 81
      Chem a laced well-a-fine aread
    Synonyms: an', n'

Etymology 3[edit]

From French à (various prepositions) and related prepositions in other Romance languages. Also from related misunderstandings, as all-a-mort from French à la morte.

Alternative forms[edit]

Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. Connective infix encountered in loanwords and phrases, generally no longer carrying a distinct meaning.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. (chemistry) Replacing carbon, especially in a ring.

Etymology 5[edit]

The vowel of rat.

Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. (pharmacology) A monoclonal antibody derived from a rat.
Related terms[edit]
  • -mab is the base suffix common to all monoclonal antibodies

References[edit]

  • USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names, U.S. Pharmacopeia, 2000

Chichewa[edit]

Prefix[edit]

-a-

  1. Forms the past perfect tense in verbs.

Usage notes[edit]

This contrasts with the simple past, -na-/-da-, which does not imply completion.


Hungarian[edit]

Interfix[edit]

-a-

  1. A suffix-initial vowel (or linking vowel) inserted interconsonantally between the word stem and the suffix, to ease pronunciation, without contributing to the meaning.
    fiatal (young) + ‎-a- + -bb → ‎fiatalabb (younger)

See also[edit]


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from the earlier and Old Norse genitive suffixes -a and -ar used in compounds. Akin to -e-.

Interfix[edit]

-a-

  1. This term needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.

Derived terms[edit]