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noun (1)

pag·​er ˈpā-jər How to pronounce pager (audio)
: one that pages
especially : a small radio receiver that beeps, vibrates, or flashes to alert the user to an incoming message which is usually displayed on a small screen


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noun (2)

: one having or covering a specified number or kind of pages
used in combination
her essay was a 15-pager

Examples of pager in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Firefighter Stockley Hall was on his way home Monday when his pager went off, alerting him that a call had come in to the station. Warren Kulo |, al, 19 July 2023 Things to Consider When Buying a Dog Training Collar Type As Nave-Powers explains, there are a few types of dog training collars, including shock collars, prongs, choke chains, slip collars, martingales, electronic collars, and pagers, like the Petrainer Dog Training Collar. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 In the past, that meant experimenting with trading via pagers, creating mobile apps, and improving the company’s websites. Aaron Pressman,, 25 July 2023 The big ballooning pleats and pooling hems of the ’90s signaled an indifference to the style, often serving as a place to clip one’s pager. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 28 June 2023 At the end of the film, Danvers leaves Earth to find a new world for the Skrulls, but hands Fury a pager to call her from anywhere in the universe in case of emergencies. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 21 June 2023 Mikael Petrosyan, who has worked at Children’s for a decade, was on his way out to dinner with his wife when his pager beeped. Lizzie Johnson, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 When he was first imprisoned, people were using pagers. Analisa Novak, CBS News, 11 May 2023 As an adult, Klater ran a cellphone and pager business, notarizing documents as an add-on to her services., 21 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1870, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pager was in 1870

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“Pager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one that pages
especially : a small electronic device that beeps, vibrates, or flashes when it receives a special radio signal indicating an incoming message

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