Old English on#Old English|on efn literally âon evenâ. Cognate with German neben.
- obsolete against, in front of
- archaic concerning, with regard to
#:*1922: Mr Bloom and Stephen entered the cabmanâs shelter, an unpretentious wooden structure, where, prior to then, he had rarely, if ever, been before; the former having previously whispered to the latter a few hints anent the keeper of it. (Joyce, Ulysses)