follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

gecko

[gek-oh] /ˈgɛk oʊ/
noun, plural geckos, geckoes.
1.
any of numerous small, mostly nocturnal tropical lizards of the family Gekkonidae, usually having toe pads that can cling to smooth surfaces: the largest species, Gekko gecko, is sometimes kept as a pet.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < New Latin gekko < Dutch; origin uncertain; alleged to be a Malay word imitative of the lizard's call.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for geckos
  • These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates.
British Dictionary definitions for geckos

gecko

/ˈɡɛkəʊ/
noun (pl) -os, -oes
1.
any small insectivorous terrestrial lizard of the family Gekkonidae, of warm regions. The digits have adhesive pads, which enable these animals to climb on smooth surfaces
Word Origin
C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for geckos

gecko

n.

1774, from Malay gekoq, said to be imitative of its cry. Earlier forms were chacco (1711), jackoa (1727).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gecko

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for geckos

13
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for geckos