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noun, plural at·o·mies.
  1. an atom; mote.
  2. a small creature; pygmy.
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Origin of atomy1

1585–95; singular use of Latin atomī, plural of atomus atom


noun, plural at·o·mies.
  1. a skeleton.
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Origin of atomy2

1590–1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)
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Examples from the Web for atomy

Historical Examples

  • Make love, indeed—the atomy—the shrimp—the dried up stock-fish.


    Frederick Marryat

  • Make love indeed--the atomy--the shrimp--the dried-up stock-fish.


    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • She was almost aghast to realise how very small, how very pale, how atomy he looked—to confront a howling world!

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • "Spose I am an 'atomy," said the old woman, apparently rather pleased with the epithet than otherwise.


    Henry Morford

  • I sometimes think scorn of us as a nation that we so gladly and peaceably put our necks beneath the sceptre of such an atomy.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn

    Evelyn Everett-Green

British Dictionary definitions for atomy


noun plural -mies archaic
  1. an atom or minute particle
  2. a minute creature
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom


noun plural -mies
  1. an obsolete word for skeleton
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Word Origin

C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)
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