[ nahr-koh ]

noun,plural nar·cos.Slang.

Origin of narco

Shortening of narcotic; cf. -o

Words Nearby narco

Other definitions for narco- (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form meaning “stupor,” “narcosis,” used in the formation of compound words: narcodiagnosis.

Origin of narco-

<Greek nárk(ē) numbness, stiffness + -o-
  • Also especially before a vowel, narc-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use narco in a sentence

  • He recognized the latest model lie-detector, a rather outdated narco-synthesizer, a Class B Psychocomputer.

    Evil Out of Onzar | Mark Ganes
  • Under narco-hypnosis, they'll testify that they saw a couple of Wizard Traders take their robes off.

    Time Crime | H. Beam Piper
  • Why, if we give all those people in the pictures narco-hyps, we won't learn the base-line designation; none of them will know it.

    Time Crime | H. Beam Piper
  • "A few Councilmen are going to drop dead before they can be narco-hypped," Dalla prophesied over the rim of her glass.

    Time Crime | H. Beam Piper
  • We must stand by democracies--like Colombia, fighting narco-traffickers for its people's lives, and our children's lives.

British Dictionary definitions for narco-


combining form
  1. indicating numbness or torpor: narcolepsy

  2. connected with or derived from illicit drug production: narcoeconomies

Origin of narco-

from Greek narkē numbness

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