dumb·​phone ˈdəm-ˌfōn How to pronounce dumbphone (audio)
plural dumbphones
: a cell phone that does not include advanced software features (such as email or an internet browser) typically found on smartphones
… we've leapt from 8-Bit to 16-Bit, from Genesis to PlayStation, from offline to online and from dumbphone to smartphone.Dean Takahashi
"It appears fashion, nostalgia, and them appearing in TikTok videos, have a part to play in the dumbphone revival," says Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at price comparison site Uswitch.com. "Many of us had a dumbphone as our first mobile phone, so it's natural that we feel a sense of nostalgia towards these classic handsets."Tyler Durden

Word History

First Known Use

1997, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumbphone was in 1997

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“Dumbphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbphone. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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