het

[het]Informal.
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noun

a heterosexual person.

adjective

heterosexual.

Origin of het

First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening

hetero-

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

Origin of hetero-

combining form of Greek héteros the other of two, other, different
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Historical Examples of heter

  • 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

het

1

noun

slang short for heterosexual

het

2

verb

archaic, or dialect a past tense and past participle of heat

adjective

a Scot word for hot
See also het up

hetero-

combining form

other, another, or differentheterodyne; heterophony; heterosexual Compare homo-

Word Origin for hetero-

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.).

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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Medicine definitions for heter

hetero-

pref.

Other; different:heterocellular.
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Science definitions for heter

hetero-

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