- an abbreviated form of of, as in o'clock or will-o'-the-wisp.
- an abbreviated form of on.
Origin of o'
Middle English; by shortening.
- a prefix meaning “descendant,” in Irish family names: O'Brien; O'Connor.
Origin of O'
representing Irish ó descendant, Old Irish au
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- informal, or archaic shortened form of of a cup o' tea
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Word Origin and History for o'
as a prefix in Irish names, from Irish ó, ua (Old Irish au) "descendant."
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