- Informal. polyester(def 2): a blend of poly and cotton.
- a fabric or garment made of polyester.
- made of or containing polyester: a poly swimsuit.
Origin of poly1
- noting or relating to polyamory; polyamorous: They’re in a poly relationship.
- identifying as polyamorous: They’re not monogamous, they’re poly.
Origin of poly2
- a combining form with the meanings “much, many” and, in chemistry, “polymeric,” used in the formation of compound words: polyandrous; polyculture; polyethylene.
Origin of poly-
Examples from the Web for poly
Someone has to be out about it so people can see that, yes, you can be poly and healthy and happy and in love.What’s So Bad About an Open Marriage?
November 11, 2013
Poly, the model, said it was cold, but she truly loved the idea of being naked in nature.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World
September 21, 2013
His 10-year- old daughter is a student at $32,000-a-year Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.Buddy Can You Spare Ten Grand?
February 29, 2012
They amply fulfill my definition of politics: poly means more than one, and ticks are blood-sucking parasites.Why Democrats Should Blame Themselves for the Tea Party
April 20, 2010
On the other hand, plastic or poly boards can be hard on knife edges.The Dirty Truth About Cutting Boards
September 1, 2009
I think of a polyanthus, and I say, 'Who will first touch a poly?'Little Folks (July 1884)
It had been as sound as a bell when he entered for the Poly.
And yearly the regiment of girls who could "do things" at the Poly.
All he wanted, Booty had then declared, was a turn or two at the Poly.
For some shy or unfathomable reason of his own he refused to become a Poly.
- informal short for polytechnic
- more than one; many or muchpolyhedron
- having an excessive or abnormal number or amountpolycythaemia
Word Origin and History for poly
word-forming element meaning "many, much, multi-, one or more," from Greek poly-, combining form of polys "much" (plural polloi); cognate with Latin plus, from PIE root *pele- (1) "to fill," with derivatives referring to multitudinousness or abundance (cf. Sanskrit purvi "much," prayah "mostly;" Avestan perena-, Old Persian paru "much;" Greek plethos "people, multitude, great number," polys "much, plenty," ploutos "wealth;" Lithuanian pilus "full, abundant;" Old Church Slavonic plunu; Gothic filu "much," Old Norse fjöl-, Old English fela, feola "much, many;" Old English folgian; Old Irish lan, Welsh llawn "full;" Old Irish il, Welsh elu "much"); probably related to root *pele- (2) "to spread."
Properly used in compounds only with words of Greek origin. In chemical names, usually indicating a compound with a large number of atoms or molecules of the same kind (cf. polymer).
- More than one; many; much:polyatomic.
- More than usual; excessive; abnormal:polydipsia.
- Polymer; polymeric:polyethylene.
- A prefix meaning many, as in polygon, a figure having many sides. In chemistry, it is used to form the names of polymers by being attached to the name of the base unit of which the polymer is made, as in polysaccharide, a polymer made of repeating simple sugars (monosaccharides).