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[tahyp-rahy-ter] /ˈtaɪpˌraɪ tər/
a machine for writing mechanically in letters and characters like those produced by printers' types.
Printing. a type style that gives the appearance of typewritten copy.
Older Use. a typist.
Origin of typewriter
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; type + writer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was hunched over a typewriter, laboriously poking at the keys with the index finger of each hand.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • The voice ceased, the typewriter ceased, but Gregory did not stir.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • With the typewriter all these things shall be added unto us.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • Sarah sat down to her typewriter and slipped a card between the rollers.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Now he sat down at a typewriter in a corner, where he was not likely to be disturbed, and got ready to write.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
British Dictionary definitions for typewriter


a keyboard machine for writing mechanically in characters resembling print. It may be operated entirely by hand (manual typewriter) or be powered by electricity (electric typewriter)
(printing) a style of type resembling typescript
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for typewriter

in the mechanical sense, 1868, from type (n.) + writer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for typewriter



A machine gun, esp a submachine gun; tommy gun (1915+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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