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).

Nearby words

  1. cybebe,
  2. cybele,
  3. cyber,
  4. cyber monday,
  5. cyber mosque,
  6. cyberathlete,
  7. cyberattack,
  8. cyberbully,
  9. cyberbullying,
  10. cybercafe

Origin of cyber-

extracted from cybernetics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cyber-


combining form

indicating computerscyberphobia

Word Origin for cyber-

C20: back formation from cybernetics

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Science definitions for cyber-


A prefix that means “computer” or “computer network,” as in cyberspace, the electronic medium in which online communication takes place.
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