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Gen Y

or GenY, Gen-Y

[ jen-wahy ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ˈwaɪ /
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Origin of Gen Y

1990–95

OTHER WORDS FROM Gen Y

Gen Y'er, noun

Other definitions for Gen Y (2 of 2)

-geny

a combining form meaning “origin,” used in the formation of compound words: phylogeny.

Origin of -geny

From the Greek word -geneia, dating back to 1885–90. See -gen, -y3
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How to use Gen Y in a sentence

  • This Blitheman perceiving that he had a natural geny to the faculty, spared neither time nor labor to advance it to the utmost.

    Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
  • I never saw him in the like way, except just that time when Miss Geny had the small pox.'

    Camilla|Fanny Burney
  • He left college without a degree, "his geny being," according to Ant.

British Dictionary definitions for Gen Y

-geny

n combining form
indicating origin or manner of developmentphylogeny

Derived forms of -geny

-genic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -geny

from Greek -geneia, from -genēs born
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