a combining form meaning “naked,” “bare,” “exposed,” used in the formation of compound words: gymnoplast.

Also especially before a vowel, gymn-.

Origin of gymno-

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

British Dictionary definitions for gymno-


combining form

naked, bare, or exposedgymnosperm

Word Origin for gymno-

from Greek gumnos naked
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Word Origin and History for gymno-

word-forming element meaning "naked, stripped, bare," from comb. form of Greek gymnos "naked, unclad; bare, mere" (see naked).

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