tele·​graph·​ic ˌte-lə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce telegraphic (audio)
: of or relating to the telegraph
telegraphically adverb

Examples of telegraphic in a Sentence

when dealing with her staff, she communicated mostly in telegraphic sentences and meaningful looks
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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of telegraphic was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Telegraphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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