[ tel-i-gra-feez, -fees, tel-i-gra-feez, -fees ]
/ ˈtɛl ɪ græˌfiz, -ˌfis, ˌtɛl ɪ græˈfiz, -ˈfis /


a style of writing or speaking distinguished by the omissions, abbreviations, and combinations that are characteristic of telegrams, as in “expect arrive six evening.

Nearby words

  1. telegony,
  2. telegram,
  3. telegraph,
  4. telegraph buoy,
  5. telegraph plant,
  6. telegraphic,
  7. telegraphone,
  8. telegraphy,
  9. telegu,
  10. telehealth

Origin of telegraphese

First recorded in 1880–85; telegraph + -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telegraphese

  • The public would scoff at the letter-press for Daily Telegraphese.

    From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling