Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com physical delivery of mail, as contrasted with email. the letters, packages, etc., delivered this way. Origin of snail mail
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British Dictionary definitions for snail mail the conventional postal system, as opposed to electronic mail (tr) to send by the conventional postal system, rather than by electronic mail Word Origin
C20: so named because of the relative slowness of the conventional postal system
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A term used to denote mail sent via the traditional postal service, usually to contrast that process to
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Idioms and Phrases with snail mail snail mail
Ordinary postal service, as opposed to electronic communications. For example,
He hasn't taken to his computer so he's still using snail mail. This slangy idiom, alluding to the alleged slowness of the snail, caught on at least partly for its rhyme. [1980s]
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