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poly

1

[ pol-ee ]

noun

, plural pol·ies.
  1. a blend of poly and cotton.

  2. a fabric or garment made of polyester.


adjective

  1. made of or containing polyester:

    a poly swimsuit.

poly

2

[ pol-ee ]

adjective

, Informal.
  1. noting or relating to polyamory; polyamorous:

    They’re in a poly relationship.

  2. identifying as polyamorous:

    They’re not monogamous, they’re poly.

poly-

3
  1. a combining form with the meanings “much, many” and, in chemistry, “polymeric,” used in the formation of compound words:

    polyandrous; polyculture; polyethylene.

poly.

4

abbreviation for

  1. polytechnic.

poly

1

/ ˈpɒlɪ /

noun

  1. informal.
    short for polytechnic


adjective

  1. informal.
    short for polyester
  2. informal.
    short for polythene

poly-

2

combining_form

  1. more than one; many or much

    polyhedron

  2. having an excessive or abnormal number or amount

    polycythaemia

poly–

  1. 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).


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Word History and Origins

Origin of poly1

By shortening

Origin of poly2

First recorded in 1990–95; shortening of polyamorous ( def )

Origin of poly3

< Greek, combining form representing polýs; akin to Old English fela many. See plus
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Word History and Origins

Origin of poly1

from Greek polus much, many; related to Old English fela many
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Example Sentences

Cal Poly Pomona student Heather DeCosta described it as “kind of just boxing us in at all four sides of the street.”

Merritt also litters the pages with his own favorite poly-lettered words.

Someone has to be out about it so people can see that, yes, you can be poly and healthy and happy and in love.

Poly, the model, said it was cold, but she truly loved the idea of being naked in nature.

New Glossy: Condé Nast has released its first issue of Allure Russia, featuring Russian model Natasha Poly on its cover.

Please take the dent out of my side, Poly, for I am more crippled than was the Soldier.

No one ever forgot the roly-poly pudding made without suet; synthetic rubber was its scientific name.

In the shape of pigs—fat, roly-poly and cute—they scampered off a little distance and sat down to think about their new condition.

He was a roly-poly little man; over seventy now but still healthy-looking, with an apple-cheeked, sunburned face.

Roast stuffed duckling with baked potatoes, string beans and brussels sprouts, jam roly-poly and coffee!

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