homo

[ hoh-moh ]
/ ˈhoʊ moʊ /

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

a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay person, especially a gay man.

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Origin of homo

First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening of homosexual

Definition for homo (2 of 3)

Homo
[ hoh-moh ]
/ ˈhoʊ moʊ /

noun

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.
Facetious. (used in made-up taxonomic expressions to denote a type of human being): The door opens, and in walks Homo stupidus.

Origin of Homo

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin homō “man, human,” literally “the earthly one,” derivative of humus “earth, ground, soil”; related to Latin hūmānus “pertaining to man, human”; akin to Old English guma, Old Irish duine, Welsh dyn, Old Lithuanian žmuõ “human being”; see humus,human

Definition for homo (3 of 3)

homo-

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
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British Dictionary definitions for homo (1 of 4)

homo1
/ (ˈhəʊməʊ) /

noun plural -mos

informal short for homosexual

British Dictionary definitions for homo (2 of 4)

homo2
/ (ˈhəʊməʊ) /

noun

Canadian informal homogenized milk

British Dictionary definitions for homo (3 of 4)

Homo
/ (ˈhəʊməʊ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for homo (4 of 4)

homo-

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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Medical definitions for homo

homo-

pref.

Same; like:homotype.
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Scientific definitions for homo

homo-

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

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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