Gen Y

or GenY, Gen-Y

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



Gen Y'er, noun

Other definitions 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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What does -geny mean?

The combining formgeny is used like a suffix meaning “origin.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.

The form –geny comes from Greek –geneia, meaning “born” or “produced.” The Latin translation and cognate of –geneia is nātus, meaning “born,” which is the source of natal, native, and nature. Find out how these terms derive from nātus at our entry for each word.

What are variants of –geny?

While the form –geny doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the combining form genic, as in hallucinogenic. The form –geny is also closely related to the combining forms gen, genous, genesis, and genetic, as in pathogen, heterogenous, biogenesis, and epigenetic. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for –gen, –genic, –genous, –genesis, and –genetic.

Examples of -geny

One example of a scientific term that features the form –geny is cytogeny, or cytogenesis, meaning “the origin and development of cells.”

The cyto part of the word means “cell,” from Greek kýtos. The suffix –geny means “origin,” as we have seen. Cytogeny literally translates to “cell origin.”

What are some words that use the combining form –geny?

What are some other forms that –geny may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form endo means “within.” With this in mind, what does endogeny mean?

How to use Gen Y in a sentence

  • 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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