beeper

[bee-per]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. a similar device attached to a free-ranging animal as an aid to learning its habits; biotelemeter.
  3. 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.

Origin of beeper

First recorded in 1945–50; beep + -er1
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Examples from the Web for beeper

Historical Examples of 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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper