homo

noun (1), often capitalized
ho·​mo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce homo (audio) \
plural homos

Definition of homo

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: any of a genus (Homo) of hominids that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species (such as H. erectus and H. habilis)

homo

noun (2)
plural homos

Definition of homo (Entry 2 of 4)

slang, offensive
: a gay person used as a term of abuse and disparagement

homo

adjective

Definition of homo (Entry 3 of 4)

1 disparaging + offensive : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to people of one's same sex : gay
2 disparaging + offensive : of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between people of the same sex

Definition of homo- (Entry 4 of 4)

— see hom-

First Known Use of homo

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1923, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homo

Noun (1)

New Latin Homin-, Homo, from Latin, human being — more at homage

Noun (2)

short for homosexual entry 2

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20 Jan 2021

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“Homo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homo. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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Kids Definition of homo-

— see hom-

homo

noun
ho·​mo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce homo (audio) \

Medical Definition of homo

1 capitalized : a genus of primate mammals of the family Hominidae that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species (as H. erectus)
2 plural homos : any primate mammal of the genus Homo

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