Gen Y

or GenY, Gen-Y

[ jen -wahy ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ˈwaɪ /
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Origin of Gen Y



Gen Y'er, noun

Definition for Gen Y (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “origin,” used in the formation of compound words: phylogeny.

Origin of -geny

From the Greek word -geneia, dating back to 1885–90. See -gen, -y3
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Example sentences from the Web for Gen Y

  • This Blitheman perceiving that he had a natural geny to the faculty, spared neither time nor labor to advance it to the utmost.

    Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
  • I never saw him in the like way, except just that time when Miss Geny had the small pox.'

    Camilla|Fanny Burney
  • He left college without a degree, "his geny being," according to Ant.

British Dictionary definitions for Gen Y


n combining form

indicating origin or manner of developmentphylogeny

Derived forms of -geny

-genic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -geny

from Greek -geneia, from -genēs born
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Medical definitions for Gen Y



Production; generation; origin:ontogeny.
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