[ nahr-koh ]
/ ˈnɑr koʊ /

noun, plural nar·cos. Slang.

Nearby words

  1. narcissism,
  2. narcissist,
  3. narcissistic,
  4. narcissistic personality,
  5. narcissus,
  6. narco-,
  7. narcoanalysis,
  8. narcodiagnosis,
  9. narcodollar,
  10. narcohypnia

Origin of narco

shortening of narcotic; cf. -o


a combining form meaning “stupor,” “narcosis,” used in the formation of compound words: narcodiagnosis.
Also especially before a vowel, narc-.

Origin of narco-

< Greek nárk(ē) numbness, stiffness + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for narco

British Dictionary definitions for narco


sometimes before a vowel narc-

combining form

indicating numbness or torpornarcolepsy
connected with or derived from illicit drug productionnarcoeconomies

Word Origin for narco-

from Greek narkē numbness

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Word Origin and History for narco


word-forming element meaning "stupor, narcosis, sleep," from Latinized form of Greek narko-, comb. form of narke "numbness" (see narcotic (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for narco



Numbness; stupor; lethargy:narcolepsy.

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