noun, plural chi·ros.

the ladyfish, Elops saurus.

Nearby words

  1. chirico,
  2. chirico, giorgio de,
  3. chirimoya,
  4. chirk,
  5. chirm,
  6. chiro-,
  7. chirognostic,
  8. chirographic,
  9. chirography,
  10. chirokinesthesia

Origin of chiro

origin uncertain


a combining form meaning “hand,” used in the formation of compound words: chiromancy.
Also cheiro-.

Origin of chiro-

combining form of Greek cheír hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chiro


noun plural chiros

informal a chiropractor



combining form

indicating the hand; of or by means of the handchiromancy

Word Origin for chiro-

via Latin from Greek kheir hand

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Word Origin and History for chiro


before verbs chir-, word-forming element meaning "hand," from Latinized form of Greek kheiro-, comb. form of kheir (genitive kheiros) "the hand," from PIE *ghes- "hand" (cf. Hittite keshshar, Armenian jern "hand").

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Medicine definitions for chiro



Variant ofcheiro-

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