Definition of "a-" [a-]

  • Without; not: amoral. (prefix)
  • On; in: abed. (prefix)
  • In the act of: aborning. (prefix)
  • In the direction of: astern. (prefix)
  • In a specified state or condition: abuzz. (prefix)
  • The first letter and first vowel of the modern English alphabet (noun)

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  • Any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in take, bag, calm, shortage, or cobra (noun)
  • The first in a series, esp the highest grade or mark, as in an examination (noun)

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Use "a-" in a sentence
  • "At a hearing on the budget this week, led by by the scandal-plagued Chairman of the City Council, Kwame Brown, best known for demanding a "fully loaded" $1900- a- month leased SUV from city officials, activists challenged his opposition to raising taxes, the deadlocked council's complacency, and the council leadership that has ignored public opinion favoring preserving social programs."
  • "So get your sweet a-, um, self over here so the rest of us can chow down."
  • "Another 1,500 in-the-money calls were purchased up at the Jan. 2012 $13 strike at an average premium of $1.32 a-pop."