[ hoh-moh ]
/ ˈhoʊ moʊ /

noun, plural ho·mos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a homosexual, especially a male homosexual.

Nearby words

  1. homme du monde,
  2. hommel,
  3. hommes,
  4. hommock,
  5. hommos,
  6. homo capensis,
  7. homo erectus,
  8. homo floresiensis,
  9. homo habilis,
  10. homo habilis

Origin of homo

by shortening


[ hoh-moh ]
/ ˈhoʊ moʊ /


(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.
Informal. (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a member of the genus Homo.
  2. the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.

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


a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same” (homology); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (homomorphic).
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 ]
/ ˈɛtʃ eɪ ˈhoʊ moʊ, ˈɛk eɪ for 1; ˈɛk si ˈhoʊ moʊ, ˈɛk eɪ for 2 /


“Behold the man!”: the words with which Pilate presented Christ, crowned with thorns, to his accusers. John 19:5.


Art. a painting, statue, or other representation of Christ crowned with thorns.
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British Dictionary definitions for homo


/ (ˈhəʊməʊ) /

noun plural -mos

informal short for homosexual


Canadian informal homogenized milk


/ (ˈhəʊməʊ) /


a genus of hominids including modern man (see Homo sapiens) and several extinct species of primitive man, including Homo habilis and Homo erectus

Word Origin for Homo

Latin: man

Ecce Homo

/ (ˈɛkeɪ ˈhəʊməʊ, ˈɛksɪ) /


a picture or sculpture of Christ crowned with thorns

Word Origin for Ecce Homo

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


combining form

being the same or likehomologous; homosexual Compare hetero-

Word Origin for homo-

via Latin from Greek, from homos same

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Word Origin and History for homo
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Medicine definitions for homo



Same; like:homotype.

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Science definitions for homo


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