tel·​ly | \ ˈte-lē How to pronounce telly (audio) \
plural tellys also tellies

Definition of telly

chiefly British

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Examples of telly in a Sentence

Please turn off the telly. I just want to relax and watch the telly.

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Then that show came out and Gurinder [Chada], our director, saw me on the telly and then called me into audition. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Blinded by the Light star on filming that 'Born to Run' sequence and meeting Springsteen," 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, "Witnessing the Moon Landing in Ireland, at the Start of the Troubles," 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, "FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Here's where you can watch the matches," 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, "Set the alarm early for live royal wedding watch parties in Naperville," 16 May 2018 There will be no vistas of Victorian Era clubhouses beaming through the telly. Matthew Futterman, WSJ, "Give Royal Birkdale Some Love," 19 July 2017 If the clouds start rolling in, no need to batten down the hatches: This water-resistant telly can weather a spring shower or even a brief dip in the pool. Nicole Sforza, ELLE Decor, "Tough Enough," 5 July 2012 Enter Russia Today, which was developed by former Russian press minister Mikhail Lesin as an urbane foreign counterpart to domestic telly., "At RT, News Breaks You," 4 May 2017 Sonos’ newest speaker is a three-channel riser for your telly that works with your incumbent Sonos setup: Wirelessly stream songs to the Playbase, or pair it with the company’s other boxes for multiroom jams. | $699 3. Tim Moynihan, WIRED, "Make Movie Night a Blockbuster With This Fully-Loaded TV Room," 21 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of telly

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telly

by shortening & alteration

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The first known use of telly was in 1930

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