tele·​type·​writ·​er ˌte-lə-ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce teletypewriter (audio)
: teletype sense 1
abbreviation TTY

Examples of teletypewriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Lifeline has offered teletypewriter, text and chat tools that are accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but Wesolowski noted that some of those options may not feel as personal for some users. Kelly Livingston, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2023 The teletypewriter process is burdensome, especially if both parties don’t have access to one, Robertson said. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 20 Sep. 2019 For example, a deaf inmate trying to talk with a deaf person outside must first type a message into the teletypewriter. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Baudot’s teletype machine, also called a teletypewriter, used a five-key keyboard, write Froehlich and Kent. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 11 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teletypewriter was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Teletypewriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tele·​type·​writ·​er ˌtel-ə-ˈtīp-ˌrīt-ər How to pronounce teletypewriter (audio)
: a printing device resembling a typewriter that is used to send and receive signals over telephone lines

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