-a

Swedish

suffix
Definitions
  • (on a positive adjective) Suffix to mark that the corresponding noun is either in plural or in definite singular form.
  • Marker of definiteness for noun plurals ending in -n (fourth declension).
  • A verb-building suffix that can be added to noun or adjectives.
  • Create a noun from a numeral.

Etymology

Inherited from Old Swedish -a inherited from Old Norse -a inherited from Proto-Germanic *-ōną.

Origin

Proto-Germanic
*-ōną
Gloss

Timeline of -a

Distribution of cognates by language

Geogrpahic distribution of cognates of -a

Cognates and derived terms