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[bee-per] /ˈbi pər/
a device that connects into a telephone circuit and transmits a periodic signal as an indication that the conversation over the circuit is being recorded.
a similar device attached to a free-ranging animal as an aid to learning its habits; biotelemeter.
Also called pager. a pocket-size electronic device whose signal notifies a person of an important message, sometimes displaying the telephone number to be called.
Origin of beeper
First recorded in 1945-50; beep + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Your beeper of the Seals wants to get the power into his own hands, and betrays you; he who quits the field loses it.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
Word Origin and History for beeper

"device that emits beeps," 1946, agent noun from beep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beeper



  1. A tiny radio receiver that gives a coded signal to a person being notified of a telephone call, a voice message, or other summons: Beepers proliferate, tolling for many besides the doctor
  2. Any very small electronic device used to control garage doors, car doors, etc: The gate was open, but I could see that one could close and open it with a beeper (1970s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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