telegraphic

adjective

tele·​graph·​ic ˌte-lə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce telegraphic (audio)
1
: of or relating to the telegraph
2
telegraphically adverb

Example Sentences

when dealing with her staff, she communicated mostly in telegraphic sentences and meaningful looks
Recent Examples on the Web His style was telegraphic, concise and direct, founded in journalism. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 Back in 2019, Schjeldahl produced a staggering essay about his terminal cancer — its sentences taut and telegraphic — for the New Yorker. Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2022 The Prada show, anyway, was about refusing telegraphic and concise runway show messages, and instead seeing fashion as an invitation to conversation and thought. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Oct. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Telegraphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telegraphic. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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