[ stuh-nog-ruh-fee ]
See synonyms for: stenographystenographic on

  1. the art of writing in shorthand.

Origin of stenography

First recorded in 1595–1605; steno- + -graphy

Other words from stenography

  • sten·o·graph·ic [sten-uh-graf-ik], /ˌstɛn əˈgræf ɪk/, sten·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • sten·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

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

How to use stenography in a sentence

  • O'Keefe thinks it's a form of "guerrilla theater" and that journalists in America tend to do a lot of "stenography."

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  • If I hadn't studied stenography I should have taken up hairdressing or manicuring.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • If you want me to, I'll go at stenography and typewriting at once.

    From Farm to Fortune | Horatio Alger Jr.
  • But I don't know a blooming thing about stenography or typewriting.

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • I do want to learn how to do something to support myself, and stenography is so—abominably dull.

  • Bean matriculated without formality and studied stenography and typewriting.

    Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for stenography


/ (stəˈnɒɡrəfɪ) /

  1. the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine

  2. matter written in shorthand

Derived forms of stenography

  • stenographic (ˌstɛnəˈɡræfɪk) or stenographical, adjective
  • stenographically, adverb

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