From Middle English away, awey, awei, oway, o wey, on way, from Old English āweġ, onweġ, originally on weġ, equivalent to a- + way. Cognate with Scots awa, away, Old Frisian aweg, awei, Saterland Frisian wäch, wääge, Dutch weg ("away"), German weg ("away"), Danish væk ("away"), Swedish i väg ("away; off; along").
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