- a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.
Origin of -gen
Examples from the Web for gen
Contemporary Examples of gen
So why does its fandom seem largely limited to the Gen Xers who saw the show in its first run?The Childish Genius of Pee-wee’s Playhouse
October 23, 2014
Will breakfast at Balthazar bring sudden revelations about Millennials and Gen Xers and their taste in wheels?Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
The study compares the views of Millennials with those of gen Xers, Boomers, and Silents (as in Majority; the old folk).Don't Believe the Rand Paul Hipster Hype
March 24, 2014
The Gen X-y video boasted a giant cannonball rolling down suburban streets, as well as front woman Kim Deal singing underwater.Spike Jonze’s 13 Best Music Videos: Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Fatboy Slim, and More
December 22, 2013
But increasingly such comments are coming from men—specifically young men, the Gen Y guys, the millennial males.Millennial males seek work-life balance too
September 2, 2013
Historical Examples of gen
My gen'lemen not like that camping place, and we stay there not even one night.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
But you didn't ought to have your dander ris with me, Gen'ral.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Cap'ns are plenty as June bugs, but Majors and Gen'rals are scarce.
And I'll keep a gen'ral overseein' of the whole thing, till we get a detective.
I gen'rally do pay for what I want, and a fair price, at that.
- informal informationgive me the gen on your latest project See also gen up
Word Origin for gen
- Bible Genesis
- producing or that which produceshydrogen
- something producedcarcinogen
Word Origin for -gen
word-forming element technically meaning "something produced," but mainly, in modern use, "thing that produces or causes," from French -gène (18c.), from Greek -genes "born of, produced by," related to genos "birth" (see genus). Originally in late 18th century chemistry and probably reflecting misunderstanding of -genes, as though it meant "that which produces."
- One that is produced:phosgene.