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or walky-talky

[waw-kee-taw-kee] /ˈwɔ kiˈtɔ ki/
noun, Radio.
a combined transmitter and receiver light enough to be carried by one person: developed originally for military use in World War II.
Origin of walkie-talkie
1935-40, Americanism; see walk, talk, -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A black-haired housewife spied them over her back fence, crossed herself and grabbed her walkie-talkie from the laundry basket.

    Bread Overhead Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • Joe and Chuck were in their own car, the riot guns and walkie-talkie out of sight.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • "Might be relaying messages on from a walkie-talkie or something like that," Buck commented.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • He traced the circuit to where it disappeared into the oscillator switch, then took the walkie-talkie.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • McDevitt had a radio in his car with which to talk to Wallops, and Steve handed him one unit of a walkie-talkie radio network.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • In the airlessness, anything anybody said by walkie-talkie could be heard by everybody.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for walkie-talkie


noun (pl) -talkies
a small combined radio transmitter and receiver, usually operating on shortwave, that can be carried around by one person: widely used by the police, medical services, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for walkie-talkie

1939, popularized in World War II army slang, from walk (v.) + talk (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for walkie-talkie



A small and portable radio transmitter and receiver (WWII Army)

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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