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[tel-i-graf-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk/
of or relating to the telegraph.
concise, clipped, or elliptical in style:
telegraphic speech.
Origin of telegraphic
First recorded in 1785-95; telegraph + -ic
Related forms
telegraphically, adverb
nontelegraphic, adjective
pretelegraphic, adjective Unabridged
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  • A telegraphic despatch was put in his hands, sent through the United States.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • But who, I would ask, put the soul into this telegraphic body?

  • There were places where a circus-man could have jumped across it with all his pockets full of telegraphic messages.

    What Might Have Been Expected Frank R. Stockton
  • A man seated at a low table was operating a telegraphic machine.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • He telegraphed to the solicitor and sent a telegraphic remittance of the heavy fees demanded for the special license.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • It was the telegraphic instrument—the news from Berlin had come!

  • The idea of telegraphic communication is more than two and a half centuries old.

  • There are thirty-nine offices, and 1,300 miles of telegraphic wire in this Province.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
British Dictionary definitions for telegraphic


used in or transmitted by telegraphy
of or relating to a telegraph
having a concise style; clipped: telegraphic speech
Derived Forms
telegraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telegraphic

1794, originally of semaphor, etc.; from telegraph + -ic. Electric telegraph sense is from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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