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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Four years after beginning their first collection, the duo continues to use snail mail to help bring their art to life. Teen Vogue, "Meet Femail Forever, the Brand Changing the Fashion Industry via Snail Mail," 10 Sep. 2019 Can snail mail compete with the speedy romantic overtures of swapping suggestive photos, sliding into DMs and faithfully liking your crush’s SpongeBob anxiety memes on Instagram (even the ones you’ve seen posted elsewhere)? Cord Jefferson, New York Times, "What Makes a Greeting Card Black?," 11 Apr. 2018 Contact him by email at or by regular snail mail at P.O. Box 117083, Burlingame, CA 94011. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Joey Chestnut: A Silicon Valley legend of a different sort," 7 Aug. 2019 New bucket list addition: become snail mail penpals with Meghan Markle... Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Couldn't Make Her High School Reunion, But She Did Send a Lovely Note," 17 May 2019 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

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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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