instant message

[ in-stuhnt mes-ij ]

  1. an electronic message sent in real time via the internet and therefore immediately available for display on the recipient's screen.: Compare text message.

verb (used without object)
  1. to send such an electronic message. Abbreviation: IM: Compare text (def. 16).

Origin of instant message

First recorded in 1980–85

word story For instant message

See internet.

Words Nearby instant message Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use instant message in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for instant message

instant message

  1. a message sent using instant-messaging technology

  1. to send an instant message (to)

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