instant messaging

noun

Definition of instant messaging

  1. :  a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly

instant message

noun or verb

First Known Use of instant messaging

1995


INSTANT MESSAGING Defined for English Language Learners

instant messaging

noun

Definition of instant messaging for English Language Learners

  • : a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another computer


INSTANT MESSAGING Defined for Kids

instant messaging

noun instant mes·sag·ing \-ˈme-si-jiŋ\

Definition of instant messaging for Students

  1. :  a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up instant messaging? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

done merely as a duty

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!