type·​writ·​er | \ ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce typewriter (audio) \

Definition of typewriter

1 : 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
2 : typist

Examples of typewriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the beginning, Connery was a sexier, more swaggering and more ruggedly intense Bond than the one Fleming had envisioned while sitting behind his typewriter. Chris Nashawaty, EW.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The typewriter Joe Stefano used to write Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ (1960). Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Some of it’s a little gimmicky, like the ability to change the sound feedback of your keystrokes to say, laser beams or the clacking of typewriter keys. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 One featured dark and rich fabrics, a Basquiat painting, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and a vintage typewriter. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 At the American Writers Museum tent, attendees could try out a 1963 Olympia SM-7 typewriter from late filmmaker John Hughes’ personal collection. Talia Soglin, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2021 There is a paucity of justice and a plethora of paperwork, nearly all of it still processed by typewriter since the computer age has bypassed the country’s legal bureaucracy. New York Times, 2 July 2021 In the manual typewriter era at The Chronicle, telephones would ring right along with the steady sound of Underwood carriage returns. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2021 The business that had some $400 million in revenue last year started as a small typewriter shop in St. Cloud in 1973. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of typewriter

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Typewriter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typewriter. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of typewriter

: a machine that prints letters or figures on a sheet of paper when a person pushes its keys


type·​writ·​er | \ ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce typewriter (audio) \

Kids Definition of typewriter

: a machine that prints letters or figures when a person pushes its keys down

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