call-wait·​ing ˈkȯl-ˈwā-tiŋ How to pronounce call-waiting (audio)
: a telephone service that signals (as by a beep) to the user when an incoming call is received during a call in progress

Examples of call-waiting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company says call-waiting times have shortened and billing errors cleared up with the addition of 75 customer service representatives since January. Andrew Moreau, Arkansas Online, 19 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of call-waiting was in 1963

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“Call-waiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a telephone service that signals (as by a click) to the user when an incoming call is received while a call is in progress
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