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telly

[tel-ee]
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noun, plural tel·lies. British Informal.
  1. television.
  2. a television receiving set.
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Origin of telly

First recorded in 1935–40; tel(evision) + -y2

tele

or tel·ly

[tel-ee]
noun British Informal.
  1. television.
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Origin of tele

by shortening
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  • Joe, of course, was fully aware of the value of Telly and was glad to co-operate.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He reentered in time to run into a Telly team which was doing a live broadcast.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Could you tell the Telly fans what this is all about, Marshal Cogswell?

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He called to the Telly reporter who was getting as much of this as he could.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He was seldom seen at church, though his wife and Telly usually were.

    Uncle Terry

    Charles Clark Munn


British Dictionary definitions for telly

telly

noun plural -lies
  1. informal, mainly British short for television
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Word Origin and History for telly

n.

chiefly British English shortening of television, attested by 1940.

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