adverb or adjective

variants or onscreen
: in a motion picture or a television program
But the makers of the 1958 movie understood that this most subtle of writers was telling a tale about the froth of life, and they celebrated it on-screen with gusto.Gerald Asher
The sixth-grader reportedly earned $1 million for starring in the upcoming My Girl, which pairs him with Anna Chlumsky for his first onscreen kiss.Alexander Tresniowski
: on a computer or television screen
You can watch a football game, see a small icon onscreen offering player statistics, click it with the remote, and view the stats.Edward W. Desmond
… handheld joysticks and gamepads that jolt and jar with the on-screen action.Leigh Gallagher

Examples of on-screen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the days of the five-cent Nickelodeon to today's 40X auditoriums where the seats move with the on-screen action along with other special effects, going to the movies has long been a national pastime. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 19 July 2024 Martin Scorsese’s on-screen and spoken narration in the documentary Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger shows a deeper personal investment than can be felt in his own recent dramatic films. Armond White, National Review, 19 July 2024 While some of her on-screen characters are all for sparkly green bikinis and hot pink mini skirts, the 48-year-old’s style is much more down-to-earth. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 18 July 2024 In that episode, Hartley wakes up next to his original on-screen wife — a role reprised by Pleshette in one of the most memorable cameos in television history — to realize that the whole eight seasons of the story set in Vermont had been just a dream. Ethan Sacks, NBC News, 18 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for on-screen 

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of on-screen was in 1929

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“On-screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-screen. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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