a combining form used to form personal nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phobia: Anglophobe.

Nearby words

  1. -philiac,
  2. -philic,
  3. -philism,
  4. -philous,
  5. -phily,
  6. -phobia,
  7. -phobic,
  8. -phone,
  9. -phony,
  10. -phore

Also -phobiac.

Origin of -phobe

< Greek -phobos, adj. derivative of phóbos fear, panic

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British Dictionary definitions for -phobe


n combining form

indicating a person or thing that fears or hatesGermanophobe; xenophobe
Derived Forms-phobic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phobe

from Greek -phobos fearing

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Word Origin and History for -phobe


word-forming element meaning "one who fears or hates," from French -phobe, from Latin -phobus, from Greek -phobos "fearing," from phobos "fear, panic, flight," phobein "put to flight, frighten" (see phobia).

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Medicine definitions for -phobe



One that fears or is averse to a specified thing:xenophobe.

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