or-

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English or-, from Old English or- (or-), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (out), from Proto-Indo-European *uds- (up, out). Cognate with West Frisian oar-, Dutch oor-/oer-, German ur-, Gothic 𐌿𐍃- (us-). Identical with Old English ā- (a-), and the German borrowing English ur-. More at a-.

Prefix[edit]

or-

  1. (no longer productive) From the outset; original; out; out of; without.
    ordalian, ordeal, orlay, ort

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • or- in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch ur-, or-, from Proto-Germanic *uz-.

Prefix[edit]

or-

  1. A prefix with a variety of meanings, but originally meaning "out" or "original".

Derived terms[edit]

Category Middle Dutch words prefixed with or- not found

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *uz- (out), from unstressed Proto-Indo-European *uss-, from *uds- (up, out). Cognate with Old High German ur-, ir-, ar-, er-. More at out.

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

or-

  1. original; denotes origin
  2. former
  3. ex-, out of
  4. Without, lacking
  5. causing deprivation, privative

Derived terms[edit]