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  1. Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.: Compare allomorph (def. 2).

  2. Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.

verb (used with object)
  1. to transform (an image) by computer.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

Origin of morph

1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph

Other words from morph

  • morphic, adjective

Other definitions for morph- (2 of 3)


  1. variant of morpho- before a vowel: morpheme.

Other definitions for -morph (3 of 3)


  1. a combining form meaning “form, structure,” of the kind specified by the initial element: isomorph.

Origin of -morph

<Greek -morphos;see -morphous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use morph in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for morph (1 of 5)


/ (mɔːf) /

  1. linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme

Origin of morph

C20: shortened form of morpheme

British Dictionary definitions for morph (2 of 5)


/ (mɔːf) /

  1. biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species

Origin of morph

C20: from Greek morphē shape

British Dictionary definitions for morph (3 of 5)


/ (mɔːf) /

  1. to undergo or cause to undergo morphing

  2. to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or character: he morphed from nerd into pop icon

  1. a morphed image

British Dictionary definitions for -morph (4 of 5)


n combining form
  1. indicating shape, form, or structure of a specified kind: ectomorph

Origin of -morph

from Greek -morphos, from morphē shape

Derived forms of -morph

  • -morphic or -morphous, adj combining form
  • -morphy, n combining form

British Dictionary definitions for morph. (5 of 5)


abbreviation for
  1. morphological

  2. morphology

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Scientific definitions for morph


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  1. A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.

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