- a combining form meaning “computer,” “computer network,” or “virtual reality,” used in the formation of compound words (cybertalk; cyberart; cyberspace) and by extension meaning “expressing visions of the future” (cyberfashion).
Origin of cyber-
Examples from the Web for cyber
“The cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was not just an attack against a company and its employees,” he said.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
To cyber security experts, the naivety of this statement beggars belief.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
The priority that the regime places on cyber warfare is made clear by its recruiting.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
Five months in, thousands of orders fulfilled, six days before Cyber Monday.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
- indicating computerscyberphobia
Word Origin and History for cyber
as an element in word formation, ultimately from cybernetics (q.v.). It enjoyed explosive use with the rise of the Internet early 1990s. One researcher (Nagel) counted 104 words formed from it by 1994. Cyberpunk (by 1986) and cyberspace were among the earliest.
Cyber is such a perfect prefix. Because nobody has any idea what it means, it can be grafted onto any old word to make it seem new, cool -- and therefore strange, spooky. ["New York" magazine, Dec. 23, 1996]
As a stand-alone, it is attested by 1998 as short for cybersex (which is attested by 1995).
- A prefix that means computer or computer network, as in cyberspace, the electronic medium in which online communication takes place.