Nearby words

  1. omri,
  2. oms,
  3. omsk,
  4. omuta,
  5. omw,
  6. on a dime,
  7. on a first-name basis,
  8. on a limb,
  9. on a par with,
  10. on a pedestal, put

Idioms

Origin of on

before 900; Middle English on, an, Old English: on, in, to; cognate with Dutch aan, German an, Old Norse ā, Gothic ana; akin to Greek aná up, upon (see ana-)

Can be confusedon on to onto

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British Dictionary definitions for on to

On

/ (ɒn) /

noun

the ancient Egyptian and biblical name for Heliopolis

ON

abbreviation for

Old Norse
(esp in postal addresses) Ontario

Word Origin for on

Old English an, on; related to Old Saxon an, Old High German, Gothic ana

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Word Origin and History for on to

on

prep.

Old English on, unstressed variant of an "in, on, into," from Proto-Germanic *ana "on" (cf. Dutch aan, German an, Gothic ana "on, upon"), from PIE root *an- "on" (cf. Avestan ana "on," Greek ana "on, upon," Latin an-, Old Church Slavonic na, Lithuanian nuo "down from"). Also used in Old English in many places where we would now use in. From 16c.-18c. (and still in northern England dialect) often reduced to o'. Phrase on to "aware" is from 1877. On time is from 1890.

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Idioms and Phrases with on to

on to

see be on to.

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