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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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  • Henry Dunbar sat in his own room, waiting for an answer to the telegraphic message.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Kerr got in telegraphic touch with a lawyer in the home county.

  • She must make that point and so intercept Hervey with a telegraphic message.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Evidently the desire to hold her niece in her arms had been for telegraphic purposes only.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • A telegraphic despatch in cipher was put into his hands as he was reading.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • We commented adversely upon the imbecility of that telegraphic style.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • An orderly brought in a telegraphic dispatch and handed it to him.

  • I suppose you have not heard the telegraphic reports from Washington, this morning?

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
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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