Definitions

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  • Used to form past participles of verbs. Alternative spelling of y-.
  • A form of the prefix in-, used before gn, as in ignoble, ignominy, and ignore.
  • Used to transform English words into words used by Rastafarians with a special meaning.
  • Alluding to cutting-edge or fashionable digital devices and computer programs, especially those from Apple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See y-.

Etymologies

From Latin in- ("not"). (Wiktionary)
Popularized in the name of the iMac line of computers (1998). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mitsubishi Motors Corp. delivered about 100 of its i- MiEV minicar since it started taking orders in October 2009.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • By the time the i- prefix was fleshed out, Apple had transformed itself from a culty computer maker to a major religion.

    NPR Topics: News

  • According to Apple's ad agency, i- was meant to stand for "Internet," with overtones of "individual" and probably the first-person pronoun as well.

    NPR Topics: News

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