Origin of photo
- a combining form meaning “light” (photobiology); also used to represent “photographic” or “photograph” in the formation of compound words: photocopy.
Origin of photo-
Examples from the Web for photo
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
Most people, however, understood the significance of the photo immediately-- especially those who share my skin.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Some immediately treated the young rapper as a punchline, turning his awkward posture in the photo into a meme.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
He captures Ramone and his second wife, Barbara, together in the studio in one photo, him on bass, her on guitar.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
We huddled up and the boy snapped the photo, then handed me the camera.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale
December 5, 2014
The smoke interfered with the photo, but then it is true to life.Things as They Are
She took the photo out of his hands and examined it carefully back and front.Audrey Craven
"It must be because they saw my photo in the papers," said Stephanie.For the Sake of the School
More'n a year ago that was, and there hasn't been a word passed about that photo since.Torchy
If I had known he had this photo I never would have risked coming.Torchy and Vee
- short for photograph (def. 1)
- of, relating to, or produced by lightphotosynthesis
- indicating a photographic processphotolithography
Word Origin and History for photo
1860, shortening of photograph. The verb is first recorded 1865, from the noun. Photo finish is attested from 1936. Photo opportunity first recorded 1974.
word-forming element meaning "light" or "photographic" or "photoelectric," from Greek photo-, comb. form of phos (genitive photos) "light," from PIE root *bha- "to shine" (see phantasm).
- Light; radiant energy:photosynthesis.
- A prefix that means light, as in photoreceptor.