[ bee-per ]
/ ˈbi pər /


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 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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper