trophy

[ troh-fee ]
/ ˈtroʊ fi /

noun, plural tro·phies.

adjective

noting or relating to a symbol of success that is used to impress others: They just want a near-perfect trophy child to brag about.

Nearby words

  1. trophoplasm,
  2. trophoplast,
  3. trophosome,
  4. trophotropism,
  5. trophozoite,
  6. trophy room,
  7. trophy wife,
  8. tropia,
  9. tropic,
  10. tropic bird

Origin of trophy

1505–15; earlier trophe < French trophée < Latin trop(h)aeum < Greek trópaion, noun use of neuter of trópaios, Attic variant of tropaîos of turning or putting to flight, equivalent to trop(ḗ) a turning (akin to trépein to turn) + -aios adj. suffix. See trope

Related formstro·phy·less, adjective

-trophy

a combining form used in the formation of nouns with the general senses “nourishment, feeding” (mycotrophy), “growth” (hypertrophy); also forming abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -trophic.

Origin of -trophy

< Greek -trophia nutrition, equivalent to troph(ḗ) food + -ia -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for trophy

trophy

/ (ˈtrəʊfɪ) /

noun plural -phies

an object such as a silver or gold cup that is symbolic of victory in a contest, esp a sporting contest; prize
a memento of success, esp one taken in war or hunting
(in ancient Greece and Rome)
  1. a memorial to a victory, usually consisting of captured arms raised on the battlefield or in a public place
  2. a representation of such a memorial
an ornamental carving that represents a group of weapons, etc
(modifier) informal highly desirable and regarded as a symbol of wealth or successa trophy wife

Word Origin for trophy

C16: from French trophée, from Latin tropaeum, from Greek tropaion, from tropē a turning, defeat of the enemy; related to Greek trepein to turn

-trophy

n combining form

indicating a certain type of nourishment or growthdystrophy
Derived Forms-trophic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -trophy

from Greek -trophia, from trophē nourishment

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Word Origin and History for trophy
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Medicine definitions for trophy

-trophy

suff.

Nutrition; growth:hypertrophy.

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