homo [hoh-moh] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural ho·mos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a homosexual, especially a male homosexual.

Origin of homo by shortening Homo [hoh-moh] noun

  1. (italics) the genus of bipedal primates that includes modern humans and several extinct forms, distinguished by their large brains and a dependence upon tools.Compare archaic Homo.
  2. Informal. (sometimes lowercase)
    1. a member of the genus Homo.
    2. the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.

Origin of Homo 1590–1600; Latin homō man; OL hemō the earthly one (see humus); akin to Latin hūmānus human; cognate with Old English guma, Old Irish duine, Welsh dyn man, Lithuanian žmónės men homo-

  1. a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same” (homology); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (homomorphic).

Also especially before a vowel, hom-. Origin of homo- Greek, combining form of homós one and the same; akin to Sanskrit sama-; see same ecce homo [ech-ey hoh-moh, ek-ey for 1; ek-see hoh-moh, ek-ey for 2] Latin.

  1. “Behold the man!”: the words with which Pilate presented Christ, crowned with thorns, to his accusers. John 19:5.


  1. Art. a painting, statue, or other representation of Christ crowned with thorns.

Examples from the Web for homo Contemporary Examples of homo

  • Understanding odds has never been a strength of Homo sapiens.

    A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

    Kent Sepkowitz

    November 19, 2014

  • The results are in and Homo habilis, our primate forebear, has won another round.

    The Top 10 Diets of 2013 Are All Useless (Except to Book Publishers)

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 29, 2013

  • During Koch’s 1977 mayoral primary against Mario, posters of mysterious origin appeared saying, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo”.

    Ed Koch Goes Out in Style

    Lloyd Grove

    February 4, 2013

  • But in terms of beneficial public-health impact, nothing Homo sapiens has invented thus far outpaces the vaccine.

    Get Your Damn Flu Shot

    Kent Sepkowitz

    January 18, 2013

  • “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo,” the anonymous posters urged.

    Ed Koch at 88: New York’s Still-Outspoken Ex-Mayor Holds No Grudges

    Lloyd Grove

    January 11, 2013

  • Historical Examples of homo

  • Was the oldest ‘Homo sapiens’ pliocene or miocene, or yet more ancient?

    On Some Fossil Remains of Man

    Thomas H. Huxley

  • “There’s somebody coming down the main drive,” whispered Homo.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • “You are greatly interested in a grass fire,” said Homo curiously.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • Then she suddenly withdrew her gaze from the sky and looked Homo straight in the face.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • “On your own head be it,” said Homo, his hard face creased in a fleeting smile.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • British Dictionary definitions for homo homo 1 noun plural -mos

    1. informal short for homosexual

    homo 2 noun

    1. Canadian informal homogenized milk

    Homo noun

    1. a genus of hominids including modern man (see Homo sapiens) and several extinct species of primitive man, including Homo habilis and Homo erectus

    Word Origin for Homo Latin: man Ecce Homo noun

    1. a picture or sculpture of Christ crowned with thorns

    Word Origin for Ecce Homo Latin: behold the man, the words of Pontius Pilate to his accusers (John 19:5) homo- combining form

    1. being the same or likehomologous; homosexual Compare hetero-

    Word Origin for homo- via Latin from Greek, from homos same Word Origin and History for homo n.

    short for homosexual (n.), attested by 1929; usually contemptuous.

    homo- 1

    word-forming element meaning “same, the same, equal, like,” before vowels hom-, from Greek homos “one and the same,” also “belonging to two or more jointly,” from PIE *somos (cf. Sanskrit samah “even, the same,” Lithuanian similis “like,” Gothic sama “the same,” samana “together;” see same).

    homo- 2

    word-forming element meaning “homosexual,” abstracted since early 20c. from homosexual, and ultimately identical to homo- (1).

    ecce homo

    Latin, literally “behold the man” (John xix:5).

    homo in Medicine homo- pref.

    1. Same; like:homotype.

    homo in Science homo-

    1. A prefix meaning “same,” as in homogamous, having the same kind of flower.

    homo in Culture Homo [(hoh-moh)]

    The genus to which human beings belong. The genus Homo includes Neanderthals and other hominids closely related to today’s humans, such as Homo erectus.

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