noun, plural tro·phies.
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Origin of trophy
OTHER WORDS FROM trophytro·phy·less, adjective
Definition for trophy (2 of 2)
Origin of -trophy
WORDS THAT USE -TROPHY
What does -trophy mean?
The combining form -trophy is used like a suffix variously meaning “nourishment, feeding, growth.” It is also used to form nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -trophic. The combining -trophy is often used in medical and scientific terms.
The form -trophy comes from the Greek trophḗ, meaning “nourishment,” “food.”
You may be familiar with terms like atrophy (equivalent to the Greek átrophos) from the Greek and dystrophy (from the New Latin dystrophia). Find out how these relate to -trophy and “nourishment” at our entries for these words.
Examples of -trophy
One example of a word that uses the form -trophy is hypotrophy. Hypotrophy is “progressive degeneration of an organ or tissue caused by loss of cells.”
The first part of the word is hypo-, which you might recognize from words like hypodermic. It means “under.” And as we’ve seen, -trophy means “nourishment.” Hypotrophy, then, has a literal sense of “being under-nourished.”
What are some words that use the combining form –trophy?
What are some other forms that -trophy may be commonly confused with?
The word trophy, as you might get for winning a competition, doesn’t share the same root as -trophy despite having the same letters. The prized trophy is actually related to the combining forms tropo- and trop- as well the word trope. Learn more at our entries for the words.
Example sentences from the Web for trophy
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Get a thrill, get off a lucky shot, take home a trophy, put it up in a secret chamber of our heart.
“Management” in this situation means issuing permits for trophy grizzly hunts.
The charity gets its name from the symbolic date when the America's Cup trophy left the U.K.
Its horrific title aside, Trophy Wife was the closest thing in style, tone, and humor to Modern Family that ABC had ever produced.
Sometimes Yung Pak would be the winner, and then he would march home with great glee and show the trophy to his father.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Some of the soldiers insisted on skinning the beast and taking the skin along as a trophy.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
The dæmon of anarchy has here raised a superb trophy on a monument of ruins.
Then she started back for the caves taking the slat of wood with her as a trophy.The Beach of Dreams|H. De Vere Stacpoole
I presented my trophy and treasure-trove to the fairy-like Miss Wee-wee.Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.|F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for trophy (1 of 2)
noun plural -phies
- a memorial to a victory, usually consisting of captured arms raised on the battlefield or in a public place
- a representation of such a memorial