tel·​ly | \ ˈte-lē How to pronounce telly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural tellies also teles

Definition of telly

British, informal
: television … I asked parents what they thought of children's telly.— Vanessa Feltz While you were doing your couch potato number in front of the telly last Sun., 67-yr-old Zadu Taft was swimming across the Golden Gate …— Berb Caen Is there any truth to the hundreds of pieces of advice we hear from aunt Jane, who 'saw it on the tele'?— Patrick Holler

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Examples of telly in a Sentence

Please turn off the telly. I just want to relax and watch the telly.
Recent Examples on the Web This was an attempt by the BBC to educate Britons about just what the hell all these new fancy machines that looked like crappy typewriters connected to your telly were all about. Jason Torchinsky, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2020 Tonight: Nothing but blitz out in front of the telly., 25 Aug. 2020 And with the rise of digital media, promotion of liquor products has moved from the telly screen to online platforms such as Facebook, and Instagram targeting young tipplers. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 27 Dec. 2019 But generally the interviews make for great telly, especially in the last days of an election. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2019 Then that show came out and Gurinder [Chada], our director, saw me on the telly and then called me into audition. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 Aug. 2019 The day after the moon landing brought another one of those interminable afternoons in the front room—nothing on the telly, stale, old-folks’ chat in the air. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, 20 July 2019 Other sports- and soccer-centric bars likely to have the matches on telly include Champion's Pub, 2417 N. Bartlett Ave. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2019 At parties across Naperville, royal-watchers will be tuning their tellies to catch a glimpse of the pomp and pageantry of an American marrying into family of the longest-reigning monarch. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of telly

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telly

tel(evision) + -y; tele as if shortened from television

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“Telly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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