- a combining form meaning “bad,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (cacodemon); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (cacogenics).
Origin of caco-
- bad, unpleasant, or incorrectcacophony
Word Origin for caco-
Word Origin and History for caco-
before vowels cac-, word-forming element meaning "bad, ill, poor" (e.g. cacography, the opposite of calligraphy), from Latinized form of Greek kako- a hard-working prefix in ancient Greek, from kakos "bad, evil," considered by etymologists probably to be connected with PIE *kakka- "to defecate" (see caca).