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Definitions of o'

  1. O, the fifteenth letter of the English alphabet, derives its form, value, and name from the Greek O, through the Latin. The letter came into the Greek from the Ph/nician, which possibly derived it ultimately from the Egyptian. Etymologically, the letter o is most closely related to a, e, and u; as in E. bone, AS. ban; E. stone, AS. stan; E. broke, AS. brecan to break; E. bore, AS. beran to bear; E. dove, AS. d/fe; E. toft, tuft; tone, tune; number, F. nombre. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Among the ancients, O was a mark of triple time, from the notion that the ternary, or number 3, is the most perfect of numbers, and properly expressed by a circle, the most perfect figure. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A prefix to Irish family names, which signifies grandson or descendant of, and is a character of dignity; as, O'Neil, O'Carrol. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A shortened form of of or on. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Among the ancients, was a mark of triple time, from the notion that the ternary, or number 3, is the most perfect of numbers, and properly expressed by a circle, the most perfect figure. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An exclamation of wonder, pain, grief, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Expressing pain, wonder, desire, grief, &c.; also in calling or addressing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Fifteenth letter of the alphabet. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. a nonmetallic bivalent element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless nonflammable diatomic gas; constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere by volume; the most abundant element in the earth's crust Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the blood group whose red cells carry neither the A nor B antigens; "people with type O blood are universal donors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. The letter O, or its sound. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Something shaped like the letter O; a circle or oval. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The fifteenth letter in the English alphabet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. An exclamation used in calling or directly addressing a person or personified object; also, as an emotional or impassioned exclamation expressing pain, grief, surprise, desire, fear, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. An exclamation of wonder, pain, etc.; a call or term of address. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. An exclamation used in address. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Same as OH. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Is used in addressing a person, or a personified object, to express invoking or imploring, and always in addressing the Deity-thus distinguished from oh, which is employed to express an earnest wish, admiration or pity, warning, pain, sorrow, surprise, or dissent. Note.-It would be very useful and desirable were these distinctions observed, but our best writers use the two forms indiscriminately, o being the one now most generally employed; the point (!) Called the point of exclamation is often put after o and oh, but when rightly used the (!) Ought to be placed after the noun only-the o, in fact, only marking the vocative case, oh dear and oh dear me, exclamations expressive of surprise, uneasiness or exhaustion, fear, pain, and the like. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. One. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for o'

  1. O, she's still there, all right, all right. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  2. O I wisht I hadn't a'come! – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
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