o'

o'

[uh, oh]
preposition
1.
an abbreviated form of of, as in o'clock or will-o'-the-wisp.
2.
an abbreviated form of on.

Origin:
Middle English; by shortening.

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O'

a prefix meaning “descendant,” in Irish family names: O'Brien; O'Connor.

Origin:
representing Irish ó descendant, Old Irish au

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o' (ə)
 
prep
informal, archaic or shortened form of of : a cup o' tea

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O'
as a prefix in Irish names, from Ir. ó, ua (O.Ir. au) "descendant."
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