telegraphese

noun

tele·​graph·​ese ˌte-lə-gra-ˈfēz How to pronounce telegraphese (audio)
-ˈfēs
: language characterized by the terseness and ellipses that are common in telegrams

Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telegraphese was in 1885

Dictionary Entries Near telegraphese

Cite this Entry

“Telegraphese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telegraphese. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY