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phone1

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noun
  1. telephone(def 1).
  2. a portable electronic telephone device, as a cell phone, mobile phone, or smartphone.
verb (used with object), phoned, phon·ing.
  1. to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
  2. to send (a message) by telephone.
verb (used without object), phoned, phon·ing.
  1. to send a message by telephone.

Origin of phone1

First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for phoning

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Historical Examples

  • It really isn't worth while 'phoning or telegraphing either.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They keep 'phoning and telegraphing and upsetting things generally.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Of course, or I'd have sent word by you instead of phoning," said Elinor quickly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • "That Mr. Harrison has been 'phoning and 'phoning," Mrs. Hills announced, complacently.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • "I'll do my own phoning, thanks," said Fairy, rising quickly.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston


British Dictionary definitions for phoning

phone1

noun, verb
  1. short for telephone

phone2

noun
  1. phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound

Word Origin

C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice
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Word Origin and History for phoning

phone

n.1

1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.

phone

v.

1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.

phone

n.2

"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).

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