type·​writ·​er ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce typewriter (audio)
: a machine for writing in characters similar to those produced by printer's type by means of keyboard-operated types striking a ribbon to transfer ink or carbon impressions onto the paper
: typist

Examples of typewriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father was a prominent industrial designer and architect whose designs included the IBM Selectric typewriter and round gas pumps for Mobil. Michael S. Rosenwald, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Launched in early 1974 by a group of Who fanatics/British-rock obsessives — and edited for its entire existence by Ira A. Robbins — the magazine was initially written on typewriters and mimeographed; the first copy cost a quarter. Jem Aswad, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 After this ‘jam session,’ Hank would sit at the typewriter and try to weave out of the craziness something cohesive to present to Johnny. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 The mystery gift turned out to be a vintage typewriter. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 McMurtry’s domino set sits on a coffee table, his typewriter on a desk in the corner. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2024 Or how Russian security services have reportedly reverted to using typewriters to prevent spying. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2024 Norton remembers banging away on his dad’s Smith Corona typewriter in the den. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Dauberman moved from behind the typewriter to behind the camera, making his directorial debut with Annabelle Comes Home, and has served in a producer capacity of many of those titles, as well as DC streaming series Swamp Thing. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of typewriter was in 1868

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“Typewriter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typewriter. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


type·​writ·​er ˈtī-ˌprīt-ər How to pronounce typewriter (audio)
: a machine that prints letters or figures when a person pushes its keys down

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