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het

[het]Informal.
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noun
  1. a heterosexual person.
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adjective
  1. heterosexual.
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Origin of het

First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening

hetero-

  1. a combining form meaning “different,” “other,” used in the formation of compound words: heterocyclic.
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Also especially before a vowel, heter-.

Origin of hetero-

combining form of Greek héteros the other of two, other, different
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  • This is meter as Pol sed to Petre put on the gridel and take of the heter.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell


British Dictionary definitions for heter

het1

noun
  1. slang short for heterosexual
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het2

verb
  1. archaic, or dialect a past tense and past participle of heat
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adjective
  1. a Scot word for hot
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See also het up

hetero-

combining form
  1. other, another, or differentheterodyne; heterophony; heterosexual Compare homo-
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Word Origin

from Greek heteros other
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Word Origin and History for heter

het

adj.

"heated," archaic, late 14c., from variant past participle of heat (cf. lead/led, etc.).

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hetero-

word-forming element meaning "other, different," from comb. form of Greek heteros "the other (of two), another, different;" first element meaning "one, at one, together," from PIE *sem- "one;" the second cognate with the second element in Latin al-ter, Gothic an-þar, Old English o-ðer "other."

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heter in Medicine

hetero-

pref.
  1. Other; different:heterocellular.
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heter in Science

hetero-

  1. A prefix that means “different” or “other,” as in heterophyllous, having different kinds of leaves.
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