[ 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.

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