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homo

[hoh-moh]
noun, plural ho·mos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a homosexual, especially a male homosexual.
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Origin of homo

by shortening

Homo

[hoh-moh]
noun
  1. (italics) the genus of bipedal primates that includes modern humans and several extinct forms, distinguished by their large brains and a dependence upon tools.Compare archaic Homo.
  2. Informal. (sometimes lowercase)
    1. a member of the genus Homo.
    2. the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.
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Origin of Homo

1590–1600; < Latin homō man; OL hemō the earthly one (see humus); akin to Latin hūmānus human; cognate with Old English guma, Old Irish duine, Welsh dyn man, Lithuanian žmónės men

homo-

  1. a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same” (homology); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (homomorphic).
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Also especially before a vowel, hom-.

Origin of homo-

< Greek, combining form of homós one and the same; akin to Sanskrit sama-; see same

ecce homo

[ech-ey hoh-moh, ek-ey for 1; ek-see hoh-moh, ek-ey for 2]
Latin.
  1. “Behold the man!”: the words with which Pilate presented Christ, crowned with thorns, to his accusers. John 19:5.
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noun
  1. Art. a painting, statue, or other representation of Christ crowned with thorns.
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Examples from the Web for homo

Contemporary Examples of homo

Historical Examples of homo

  • Was the oldest 'Homo sapiens' pliocene or miocene, or yet more ancient?

  • "There's somebody coming down the main drive," whispered Homo.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • "You are greatly interested in a grass fire," said Homo curiously.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • Then she suddenly withdrew her gaze from the sky and looked Homo straight in the face.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • "On your own head be it," said Homo, his hard face creased in a fleeting smile.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for homo

homo

1
noun plural -mos
  1. informal short for homosexual
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homo

2
noun
  1. Canadian informal homogenized milk
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Homo

noun
  1. a genus of hominids including modern man (see Homo sapiens) and several extinct species of primitive man, including Homo habilis and Homo erectus
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Word Origin for Homo

Latin: man

Ecce Homo

noun
  1. a picture or sculpture of Christ crowned with thorns
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Word Origin for Ecce Homo

Latin: behold the man, the words of Pontius Pilate to his accusers (John 19:5)

homo-

combining form
  1. being the same or likehomologous; homosexual Compare hetero-
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Word Origin for homo-

via Latin from Greek, from homos same
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Word Origin and History for homo

n.

short for homosexual (n.), attested by 1929; usually contemptuous.

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homo-

1

word-forming element meaning "same, the same, equal, like," before vowels hom-, from Greek homos "one and the same," also "belonging to two or more jointly," from PIE *somos (cf. Sanskrit samah "even, the same," Lithuanian similis "like," Gothic sama "the same," samana "together;" see same).

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homo-

2

word-forming element meaning "homosexual," abstracted since early 20c. from homosexual, and ultimately identical to homo- (1).

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ecce homo

Latin, literally "behold the man" (John xix:5).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

homo in Medicine

homo-

pref.
  1. Same; like:homotype.
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homo in Science

homo-

  1. A prefix meaning “same,” as in homogamous, having the same kind of flower.
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homo in Culture

Homo

[(hoh-moh)]

The genus to which human beings belong. The genus Homo includes Neanderthals and other hominids closely related to today's humans, such as Homo erectus.

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