beeper

[ bee-per ]
/ ˈbi pər /
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noun

a device that connects into a telephone circuit and transmits a periodic signal as an indication that the conversation over the circuit is being recorded.
a similar device attached to a free-ranging animal as an aid to learning its habits; biotelemeter.
Also called pager. a pocket-size electronic device whose signal notifies a person of an important message, sometimes displaying the telephone number to be called.

Nearby words

  1. been there, done that,
  2. been to the wars,
  3. been-there done-that,
  4. beento,
  5. beep,
  6. beer,
  7. beer and skittles,
  8. beer belly,
  9. beer bust,
  10. beer engine

Origin of beeper

First recorded in 1945–50; beep + -er1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beeper

  • Your Beeper of the Seals wants to get the power into his own hands, and betrays you; he who quits the field loses it.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete|Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe


Word Origin and History for beeper

beeper

n.

"device that emits beeps," 1946, agent noun from beep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper