|indicating computers: cyberphobia|
|[C20: back formation from |
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
Cyber is such a perfect prefix. Because nobody has any idea what it means, it can be grafted onto any old word to make it seem new, cool -- and therefore strange, spooky. ["New York" magazine, Dec. 23, 1996]As a stand-alone, it is attested by 1998 as short for cybersex (which is attested by 1995).