a combining form of Greek origin, meaning “word,” “name”: pseudonym.
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Origin of -onym
ultimately < Greek -ōnymos having the kind of name specified, combining form representing ónyma, dialectal variant of ónoma name
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British Dictionary definitions for -onym
n combining form
indicating a name or wordacronym; pseudonym
Word Origin for -onym
from Greek -onumon, from onuma, Doric variant of onoma name
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