Origin of semi
- a combining form borrowed from Latin, meaning “half,” freely prefixed to English words of any origin, now sometimes with the senses “partially,” “incompletely,” “somewhat”: semiautomatic; semidetached; semimonthly; semisophisticated.
Origin of semi-
Examples from the Web for semi
South Korea kept on going, through the quarterfinals, all the way to the semi, which they barely lost to Germany.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
One can perhaps tolerate the views expressed on Tuesday night in semi demented, rich old uncles.Israel as a Totem for Jewish Identity
October 24, 2013
A leashed dog flitted from pickup to semi to tour bus, sometimes pulling its handler as it charged ahead.U.S. Drug and Immigration Checkpoints Take Toll on Border Towns
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
June 18, 2013
It carries enough goods in a year to fill literally millions of semi trucks.Big Idea: The Human Cost of Global Warming
Andrew T. Guzman
May 17, 2013
Chenard said he pulled the car up along side of the semi and they saw the back tires of the trailer were engulfed in flames.A Republican Cory Booker?
January 26, 2013
Clearly these should only be planted in wild and semi–wild places.The Wild Garden
Semi has had more success than I require, and considerably more than I expected.Miss Eden's Letters
Semi can give him the former, and over the latter our future journey lies.Buffalo Land
W. E. Webb
Raising his hand in a semi salute, the man started into the woods.The Clock Strikes Thirteen
Mildred A. Wirt
It continues to be the resort of persons of every civilized, and almost every semi civilized, nation on the face of the earth.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
Word Origin and History for semi
before vowels sem-, word-forming element meaning "half, part, partly; partial, imperfect; twice," from Latin semi- "half," from PIE *semi- "half" (cf. Sanskrit sami "half," Greek hemi- "half," Old English sam-, Gothic sami- "half").
Old English cognate sam- was used in such compounds as samhal "poor health," literally "half-whole;" samsoden "half-cooked," figuratively "stupid" (cf. half-baked); samcucu "half-dead," literally "half-alive;" and the last survivor of the group, sandblind "dim-sighted" (q.v.). Common in Latin (e.g. semi-gravis "half-drunk," semi-hora "half hour," semi-mortuus "half-dead," semi-nudus "half-naked," semi-vir "half-man, hermaphrodite"). The Latin-derived form in English has been active in forming native words since 15c.
- Partial; partially:semiconscious.
- Resembling or having some of the characteristics of:semilunar.
- A prefix that means half, (as in semicircle, half a circle) or partly, somewhat, less than fully, (as in semiconscious, partly conscious).