snail mail


Definition of snail mail

1 : mail delivered by a postal system

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Synonyms for snail mail


correspondence, mail, matter, parcel post, post [chiefly British]

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Examples of snail mail in a Sentence

She still uses snail mail for paying bills. I can be contacted by e-mail and snail mail.

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The site will begin selling the files via snail mail instead. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Defense Distributed Is Selling 3D Printed Gun Files—Through the Mail," 28 Aug. 2018 Phone calls, texts, emails, snail mail, Twitter, Instagram, visits to Cafe Martin. Chad Finn,, "A letter of appreciation from John Martin, a NESN cameraman, to Boston sports media," 11 June 2018 Likewise, real payments to the IRS can only be submitted through snail mail, not online. Cory Stieg, Good Housekeeping, "Do Not Fall for This New IRS Email Scam," 29 Sep. 2016 Simple things like baking an apple pie, sending a birthday card the old fashioned way; snail mail., "Jeanette E. Bailey," 12 July 2018 Calling is the most powerful ways to put pressure on your representatives — even more than social media, email, or snail mail., "Calling Congress Is Easier Than You Think — Here's How To Do It," 19 June 2018 Regulators have approved a longstanding request from the mutual-fund industry, which has pressed for email, rather than snail mail, to be the default method for disseminating shareholder reports. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Return to Sender: Mutual-Fund Reports Will Go Paperless," 5 June 2018 The best analogy is the transition from email to snail mail. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, May 18," 18 May 2018 Gone are focused landline calls, long recorded voice messages, snail mail (perhaps even long emails). Teddy Wayne, New York Times, "Are My Friends Really My Friends?," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of snail mail

1982, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snail mail was in 1982

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English Language Learners Definition of snail mail

informal + humorous : ordinary mail that is delivered by a postal system : mail that is not e-mail

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