an electronic device that is attached to a telephone and that automatically answers callers with a prerecorded message and records their messages for later playback.
Words nearby answering machine
Origin of answering machine
First recorded in 1975–80
Also called telephone answering machine.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for answering machine
a device by means of which a telephone call is answered automatically and the caller enabled to leave a recorded messageIn full: telephone answering machine Also called: answerphone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012