- telephone(def 1).
- a portable electronic telephone device, as a cell phone, mobile phone, or smartphone.
- to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
- to send (a message) by telephone.
- to send a message by telephone.
Origin of phone1
Examples from the Web for phoning
Contemporary Examples of phoning
Finally, after phoning her house for months, her mother revealed to Borges that Elsa was married.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
The president of the United States was phoning our office with his “suggestions.”Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign
April 14, 2014
The head of the Media Research Center has allegedly been phoning it in for years.Ex-Employees of Conservative Figure L. Brent Bozell Say He Didn’t Write His Books or Columns
February 13, 2014
As soon as New York knew, their families were phoning Los Angeles.Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy on the Glory Days of ‘Dallas’
Maria Elena Fernandez
June 13, 2012
Phoning into book clubs was one way she could help promote from home.The Book-Club Hustlers
July 6, 2009
Historical Examples of phoning
It really isn't worth while 'phoning or telegraphing either.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
They keep 'phoning and telegraphing and upsetting things generally.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Of course, or I'd have sent word by you instead of phoning," said Elinor quickly.Miss Pat at School
"That Mr. Harrison has been 'phoning and 'phoning," Mrs. Hills announced, complacently.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
"I'll do my own phoning, thanks," said Fairy, rising quickly.Prudence Says So
- short for telephone
- phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
Word Origin for phone
1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.
1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.
"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).