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[nahr-koh] /ˈnɑr koʊ/
noun, plural narcos. Slang.
Origin of narco
shortening of narcotic; cf. -o


a combining form meaning “stupor,” “narcosis,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, narc-.
< Greek nárk(ē) numbness, stiffness + -o- Unabridged
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Examples from the web for narco
  • But the narco-economy is fiendishly difficult to interpret.
  • To fight the narco in equal terms, the state would have to provide the jobs and economic stimuli that the narco provides.
  • He has achieved little since, presiding over a spread of narco-corruption by which he seems blithely unperturbed.
  • They are now a full fledge narco-trafficking organization.
  • Democracy plays into the hands of more sophisticated narco-enriched commanders.
  • If approached, smugglers can simply cut a torpedo loose and let it sink-a tactic used by crews of all types of narco-subs.
  • Because the logistics and the infrastructure and the narco-helicopters and narco-submarines are only a part of it.
  • The committee's leadership and support in our fight against these narco-trafficking organizations is deeply appreciated.
British Dictionary definitions for narco


combining form
indicating numbness or torpor: narcolepsy
connected with or derived from illicit drug production: narcoeconomies
Word Origin
from Greek narkē numbness
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Word Origin and History for narco


word-forming element meaning "stupor, narcosis, sleep," from Latinized form of Greek narko-, comb. form of narke "numbness" (see narcotic (n.)).

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narco in Medicine

narco- pref.

  1. Numbness; stupor; lethargy: narcolepsy.

  2. Narcotic: narcoanalysis.

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Slang definitions & phrases for narco



: down to the narco police on the beat


A narcotics agent or police officer; gazer: another drug-scare hoax promulgated by the ''narcs''/ the ritual of dodging the ''narcos'' (1960s+ Narcotics)

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Related Abbreviations for narco


narcotics agent
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