- Slang. bisexual.
Origin of bi
- a combining form meaning “twice,” “two,” used in the formation of compound words: bifacial; bifarious.
Origin of bi-1
- variant of bio-, especially before a vowel: biopsy.
Examples from the Web for bi
Yes, it would gain much-needed protection for LGBT people who can be fired simply for being gay, bi, or trans.Why Progressives Just Woke Up and Killed ENDA
July 9, 2014
To BE is to exist, to have actuality; a BI is a guy or girl with bisexuality.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words
April 13, 2013
The newly-vernal sun beat down hot last Friday afternoon in the Palestinian West Bank village of Bi'lin.After Victory, Palestinian Village Runs Into A Wall
April 2, 2013
Many bisexuals choose not to admit that they are bi to other gays and lesbians.Is Bi the Last Taboo? Clive Davis Revives a Bitter Debate
February 22, 2013
Not only that, their data suggests that gay and bi men may just be happier in general.6 New Ways to Be Happy (If You Believe the Studies)
February 6, 2013
Even a well-dressed woman is said to be bi'n gr-ye, that is, she is 'fit to go foreign.'All Afloat
So ye're sittin' theer, Jecholiah, all bi yersen, doin' nowt but thinkin'!The Root of All Evil
J. S. Fletcher
Then, they found health at hum; now, they hunt for it bi travell.Josh Billings on Ice
Henry Wheeler Shaw
Bi, not to be confounded with Bey, with which it has only a similar verbal meaning.
The Bi is, in the battle, always at the right hand of the Khan.
sometimes before a vowel bin-
- two; having twobifocal
- occurring every two; lasting for twobiennial
- on both sides, surfaces, directions, etcbilateral
- occurring twice duringbiweekly
- denoting an organic compound containing two identical cyclic hydrocarbon systemsbiphenyl
- (rare in technical usage) indicating an acid salt of a dibasic acidsodium bicarbonate
- (not in technical usage) equivalent of di- 1 (def. 2a)
- a variant of bio-
Word Origin and History for bi
1956 as a colloquial abbreviation of bisexual.
word-forming element meaning "two, twice, double, doubly, once every two," etc., from Latin bi- "twice, double," from Old Latin dvi- (cognate with Sanskrit dvi-, Greek di-, Old English twi- "twice, double"), from PIE root *dwo- "two." Nativized from 16c. Occasionally bin- before vowels; this form originated in French, not Latin, and might be partly based on or influenced by Latin bini "twofold" (see binary).
- The symbol for the elementbismuth
- The symbol for bismuth.
- A brittle, pinkish-white, crystalline metallic element that occurs in nature as a free metal and in various ores. Bismuth is the most strongly diamagnetic element and has the highest atomic number of all stable elements. It is used to make low-melting alloys for fire-safety devices. Atomic number 83; atomic weight 208.98; melting point 271.3°C; boiling point 1,560°C; specific gravity 9.747; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table.