noun, plural homos. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a homosexual.

by shortening

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(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.
Informal. (sometimes lowercase)
a member of the genus Homo.
the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.

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


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-.

< 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]
“Behold the man!”: the words with which Pilate presented Christ, crowned with thorns, to his accusers. John 19:5.
Art. a painting, statue, or other representation of Christ crowned with thorns.
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Ecce Homo (ˈɛkeɪ ˈhəʊməʊ, ˈɛksɪ)
a picture or sculpture of Christ crowned with thorns
[Latin: behold the man, the words of Pontius Pilate to his accusers (John 19:5)]

homo1 (ˈhəʊməʊ)
n , pl -mos
informal short for homosexual

homo2 (ˈhəʊməʊ)
informal (Canadian) short for homogenized milk

Homo (ˈhəʊməʊ)
a genus of hominids including modern man (see Homo sapiens) and several extinct species of primitive man, including Homo habilis and Homo erectus
[Latin: man]

combining form
Compare hetero- being the same or like: homologous; homosexual
[via Latin from Greek, from homos same]

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Ecce homo
L., lit. "behold the man" (John xix.5).

"the same," prefix commonly used to form modern words, from Gk. homos "one and the same," also "belonging to two or more jointly," from PIE *somos (cf. Skt. samah "even, the same;" Lith. similis "like," Goth. sama "the same," samana "together;" see same).
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Medical Dictionary

homo- or hom-
Same; like: homotype.

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Science Dictionary
A prefix meaning "same," as in homogamous, having the same kind of flower.
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Cultural Dictionary
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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Slang Dictionary

homo definition

  1. n.
    a homosexual. (Usually a male. Rude and derogatory.) : Bob got fired for calling Bill a homo.
  2. adj.
    homosexual. (Usually objectionable.) : Have you ever been to a homo bar?
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