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[mawrf] /mɔrf/
Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.
Compare allomorph (def 2).
Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
verb (used with object)
to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
to be transformed:
morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.
Origin of morph
1945-50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph
Related forms
morphic, adjective


variant of morpho- before a vowel:


a combining form meaning “form, structure,” of the kind specified by the initial element:
< Greek -morphos; see -morphous Unabridged
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Examples from the web for morph
  • And with the aid of digital effects, one style would morph into another.
  • Once college athletics got to be big money it was natural that it would morph into a model for organized crime.
  • Over the next five months these tiny missives would morph into a complex, engrossing and even lyrical narrative.
  • Markings on underparts are less distinct on rufous morph birds.
  • There's also a fun interactive station where you can literally morph yourself into an early hominid.
  • Click ahead for a look at how the traditional cottage garden can morph to fit your own personal gardening style.
  • But the promise of embryonic stem cells for medicine rests on more than their powers to morph into any body tissue.
  • Yet, over the past week, the drug firms' crisis has appeared to morph into something uniquely dark and dangerous.
  • Despite their reputation as static structures, galaxies often collide and morph into peculiar new shapes.
  • Key to treating some cancers may be blasting viruses that cause them before they morph into malignancies.
British Dictionary definitions for morph


(linguistics) the phonological representation of a morpheme
Word Origin
C20: shortened form of morpheme


(biology) any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
Word Origin
C20: from Greek morphē shape


to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or character: he morphed from nerd into pop icon
a morphed image


combining form
indicating shape, form, or structure of a specified kind: ectomorph
Derived Forms
-morphic, -morphous, combining_form:in_adjective
-morphy, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Greek -morphos, from morphē shape
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Word Origin and History for morph

as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).

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morph in Medicine

-morph suff.
Form; shape; structure: endomorph.

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morph in Science
A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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Slang definitions & phrases for morph


  1. Morphine (1912+ Narcotics)
  2. morphodite (1940s+)

To change one image into another by a computer technique: One of the most popular techniques in TV ads has been to ''morph'' a Democratic rival into Clinton, employing special effects to have the candidate's face change into the President's/ One thing morphs into another before your very eyes (1990s+)

[fr Greek morphe, ''form'']

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Related Abbreviations for morph


  1. metamorphose
  2. morphine
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