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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In neat stacks sit a Lego typewriter, a Lego grand piano, a Lego Colosseum, and a Lego version of the set of Friends. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 17 Nov. 2022 Repetitive, mechanical shots of the Writer at his desk and close-ups of his typewriter keys thudding away do little to create mystery or generate tension. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 5 Dec. 2021 The center of the room held Didion’s working desk, an American oak library table, complete with her IBM typewriter. Samantha Mann, Vogue, 14 Nov. 2022 The traces were found on the corners of the page, where Orwell would have pulled it from his typewriter. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022 Some time later, Yarrow found the poem, still in his typewriter, and felt a similar inspiration. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2022 When Jessica Fletcher first appeared, jogging the streets of Cabot Cove, tapping away on her manual typewriter and putting two and two together in that clear-headed, unsentimental way of hers, no one knew quite what to make of her. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2022 In 2014, the company launched Hanx Writer, an app that makes typing sound like a manual typewriter. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 Unemployed and living on state benefits, single mother Rowling wrote much of her first novel sitting in local Edinburgh cafes or banging away on a manual typewriter in her sister’s home. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of typewriter was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Typewriter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typewriter. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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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