hippo

[ hip-oh ]
/ ˈhɪp oʊ /
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noun, plural hip·pos. Informal.


Nearby words

  1. hippias,
  2. hippie,
  3. hippiedom,
  4. hippies,
  5. hippish,
  6. hippo regius,
  7. hippo zarytus,
  8. hippo-,
  9. hippocampal,
  10. hippocampal fissure

Origin of hippo

by shortening

Hippo

[ hip-oh ]
/ ˈhɪp oʊ /

noun

hippo-

a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “horse” (hippodrome); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (hippology).
Also especially before a vowel, hipp-.

Origin of hippo-

< Greek: combining form of híppos; cognate with Latin equus, Old Irish ech, Old English eoh, Sanskrit aśvas, Lithuanian ašvà

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British Dictionary definitions for hippo

hippo

/ (ˈhɪpəʊ) /

noun plural -pos informal

short for hippopotamus
Southern African an armoured police car
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Word Origin and History for hippo
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