poly

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpä-lē How to pronounce poly (audio) \
plural polys\ ˈpä-​lēz How to pronounce poly (audio) \

Definition of poly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a polymerized plastic or something made of this especially : a polyester fiber, fabric, or garment

poly

adjective

Definition of poly (Entry 2 of 3)

informal : polyamorous "Everybody up there's poly, you know? … You can love more than one person at a time."— Donald Harstad … when you're in a poly relationship, you have to have a higher baseline of communication – you have to deal with problems right away.— Heather Nicoll

Definition of poly- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : many : several : much : multi- polychotomous polygyny
2a : containing an indefinite number more than one of a (specified) substance polysulfide
b : polymeric : polymer of a (specified) monomer polyethylene polyadenylic acid

Examples of poly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Joanna’s experience, poly-mono frequently doesn’t work. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 Whatever, the cob impalers are made of an attractive dark poly-something resin. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 In Joanna’s experience, poly-mono frequently doesn’t work. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 In Joanna’s experience, poly-mono frequently doesn’t work. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 In Joanna’s experience, poly-mono frequently doesn’t work. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 In Joanna’s experience, poly-mono frequently doesn’t work. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 In Joanna’s experience, poly-mono frequently doesn’t work. Natasha Preskey, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 After a year of speculation, record-breaking rallies, and poly-coinery, it could be make or break time for DeFi v1.0. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 20 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of poly

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poly

Noun

short for polymer

Adjective

by shortening

Combining form

Greek, from polys; akin to Old High German filu many, Sanskrit puru, Latin plenus full — more at full

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“Poly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poly. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for poly

poly-

prefix

Kids Definition of poly-

: many : much : multi- polymer

poly

noun
\ ˈpäl-ē How to pronounce poly (audio) \
plural polys\ -​ēz How to pronounce poly (audio) \

Medical Definition of poly

: a polymorphonuclear leukocyte

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