- 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.
Origin of on
Definition for ons (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for ons
As the author of the "Evolution of Christianity" truly says, we have here a condensation of the ons of Valentinus.The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity|Arthur Lillie
The very sad life I have led since I was your pupil must partly account for the offs and ons in this now to be arranged business.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. III|Thomas Moore
Hofmeyr never associated himself publicly with the opinions expressed by Ons Land, but neither did he repudiate them.
Seght ons wat nieuws, Dicte nous quelquechose de nouveau, Recita nobis aliquid novi.
Defended in the entrance by the storied isles of Ons, the great inlet looks like a vast lake surrounded by mountains on all sides.A Corner of Spain|Walter Wood
British Dictionary definitions for ons (1 of 4)
abbreviation for (in Britain)
British Dictionary definitions for ons (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for ons (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for ons (4 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
Word Origin for on
Word Origin and History for ons
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.