- behaving in a theatrical, lively, or ingratiating way: Around close friends, one doesn't have to be on every minute.
- functioning or performing at one's best: When she's on, no other tennis player is half as good.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH onon , on to , onto
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Example sentences from the Web for on
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Kingston-on-Thames is still provincial in appearance, though now the centre of a great growth of modern suburbs.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
Besides the districts mentioned, tobacco is grown largely in that of Frankfort-on-the Oder.
Madame Malmaison had always been a little proud of the beauty and grace and sweetness of her fitter-on.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
Berwick-on-Tweed lies partly in England and partly in Scotland, the river which runs through it forming the boundary line.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for on (1 of 4)
- regularly taking (a drug)she's on the pill
- addicted tohe's on heroin
- staked or wagered as a betten pounds on that horse
- charged tothe drinks are on me
adverb (often used as a particle)
- performing, as on stageI'm on in five minutes
- definitely taking placethe match is on for Friday; their marriage is still on
- tolerable, practicable, acceptable, etcyour plan just isn't on
- (of a person) willing to do something
- (modifier) relating to or denoting the leg side of a cricket field or pitchthe on side; an on drive
- (in combination) used to designate certain fielding positions on the leg sidelong-on; mid-on