Definitions and meaning of ag
- (metrology) Symbol for attogram, an SI unit of mass equal to 10−18 grams.
Clipping of agriculture.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /æɡ/
- Rhymes: -æɡ
- (chiefly in compounds) Clipping of agriculture.
- 2014, Ferd Hoefner, quoted in Jennifer Steinhauer, “Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling”, NYTimes.com (2014 March 8):
- Even the most ag-centric member of the Agriculture Committee […]
- 2014 March 8, Jennifer Steinhauer, “Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling”, NYTimes.com:
- […] fruits and vegetables, oddly referred to in ag-speak as specialty crops, […]
Borrowed from Afrikaans ag, from Dutch ach.
- (South Africa) Expressing annoyance, remorse, surprise etc.; oh, ah.
- 1962, Jeremy Taylor, Ag Pleez Deddy (song)
- Ag pleez Deddy won't you take us to the wrestling / We wanna see an ou called Sky High Lee
- 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 88:
- ‘Ag, fuck it,’ he said. ‘Let bygones be bygones, man.’
- 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 491:
- Finally, after placing four books on the desk, he turned to a sheepish Kathy and said, ‘Ag, there's nothing wrong with these desks,’ and walked out.
From Dutch acht.
ag (plural agte)
From Dutch achten.
ag (present ag, present participle agtende, past participle geag)
- to regard; to deem
- to heed
From Dutch ach. Equivalent of German ach and English oh.
- oh, oh no, shoot, damn, oh dear
- Alternative form of agt
From Proto-Albanian *(h)aug-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewg- (compare Ancient Greek αὐγή (augḗ, “daylight, splendor”), Serbo-Croatian jȕg (“south”).
ag m (indefinite plural agje, definite singular agu, definite plural agjet)
- dawn, daybreak, predawn light
- semi-darkness, fog
- Hugo C. Cardoso, The Indo-Portuguese language of Diu (2009), page 345
From Middle Irish oc, ac, ic, from Old Irish oc, occ. Akin to agus. Compare Scottish Gaelic aig.
- IPA(key): /ə/ before a consonant
- IPA(key): /əɡ/ before a, á, o, ó, u, ú
- IPA(key): /əɟ/ before e, é, i, í
- (preposition): IPA(key): /ɛɟ/, /ɪɟ/
- (preposition, Oriel): IPA(key): /ɪɟə/
- particle used with the verbal noun to mark the progressive aspect:
ag (plus dative, triggers no mutation)
- of, for (after certain adjectives)
- of (after an indication of quantity)
- of (to indicate possession emphatically, used after a noun qualified by seo (“this”) or sin (“that”))
- used with forms of bí (“to be”) to indicate possession in place of a verb meaning ‘have’
- used with forms of bí (“to be”) and a past participle to indicate a perfect tense
- used with forms of bí (“to be”) to indicate ability to do something
Reduced form of chuig, assimilated in all forms to Etymology 1.
- (preposition): IPA(key): /ɛɟ/
ag (plus dative, triggers no mutation)
- (colloquial) Alternative form of chuig (“to (a person or place)”)
- "ag" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- “ag” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1st ed., 1904, by Patrick S. Dinneen, page 7.
- “oc”, in Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors, eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, 2019
- Entries containing “ag” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
Korlai Creole Portuguese
- J. Clancy Clements, The Genesis of a Language: The Formation and Development of Korlai Portuguese, page 94, 1996
From Proto-Celtic *agos (“cow”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵHos. Compare Old Armenian եզն (ezn), Sanskrit अही (ahī́).
- bullock, cow, ox
- deer, stag
- “ag”, in Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors, eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, 2019
Contraction of aig
- Used before the verbal noun to form the present participle.
- This is the form used before a vowel. Before consonants it contracts to a'. The sole exception is ag ràdh (“saying”).
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ag m (genitive singular agaig or aig, no plural)
ag (past dh'ag, future agidh, verbal noun agadh)
From Old Swedish ag, agh (“Cladium”)
- the genus Cladium (a kind of grass)
- the species Cladium mariscus; great fen-sedge, swamp sawgrass.
- various sedges and rushes outside genus Cladium, e.g. genus Schoenus; bog rush in genus Juncus (tåg)
- oh! cry of pain or surprise
- ah! cry of surprise
- with (used before vowels)
Unlike â, ag does not cause an aspirate mutation in the following word.
- (short for) agriculture.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)