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a combining form meaning “computer,” “computer network,” or “virtual reality,” used in the formation of compound words (cybertalk; cyberart; cyberspace) and by extension meaning “very modern” (cyberfashion).
Origin of cyber-
extracted from cybernetics Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cyber
  • But theirs is the cyber equivalent of non-violent action or civil disobedience.
  • In fact, around our cyber- household it already does.
  • Multiple openings are also available in the area of cyber-security.
  • The building includes group-study spaces, flexible meeting spaces, and a cyber-café that promotes student and faculty interaction.
  • And increasingly, power will be exercised in the diffuse domain of cyber interactions.
  • Develops a strategy for the security of a highly digitized nation in the face of potential cyber- and other aggression.
  • The world, and now the cyber world, is bigger than your course.
  • The cyber-rounds are live, and as a bonus you get a gun-cam video at the end.
  • Most people never have their bank accounts raided by cyber criminals, but an unfortunate few do, and lose a lot.
  • There is so much evidence of the latter choice that pundits have invented a new word-cyber-hedonism-to describe it.
British Dictionary definitions for cyber


combining form
indicating computers: cyberphobia
Word Origin
C20: back formation from cybernetics
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Word Origin and History for cyber

as an element in word formation, ultimately from cybernetics (q.v.). It enjoyed explosive use with the rise of the Internet early 1990s. One researcher (Nagel) counted 104 words formed from it by 1994. Cyberpunk (by 1986) and cyberspace were among the earliest.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cyber in Science
A prefix that means "computer" or "computer network," as in cyberspace, the electronic medium in which online communication takes place.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cyber


-combining word

Having to do with computers and computer operations: cybergroup, cybermuffin, cyberphobe, cybersex

[late 1980s+; fr Greek kyber, ''rudder''; used by the mathematician Norbert Wiener in 1948 about his work on automatic control]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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cyber in Technology

To have cybersex.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for cyber


  1. cybernetic
  2. cybernetics
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