of or relating to the telegraph.
concise, clipped, or elliptical in style: telegraphic speech.

Origin of telegraphic

First recorded in 1785–95; telegraph + -ic
Related formstel·e·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·graph·ic, adjectivepre·tel·e·graph·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telegraphic

Contemporary Examples of telegraphic

Historical Examples of telegraphic

  • Henry Dunbar sat in his own room, waiting for an answer to the telegraphic message.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Kerr got in telegraphic touch with a lawyer in the home county.

  • She must make that point and so intercept Hervey with a telegraphic message.

  • Evidently the desire to hold her niece in her arms had been for telegraphic purposes only.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • A telegraphic despatch in cipher was put into his hands as he was reading.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

British Dictionary definitions for telegraphic



used in or transmitted by telegraphy
of or relating to a telegraph
having a concise style; clippedtelegraphic speech
Derived Formstelegraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telegraphic

1794, originally of semaphor, etc.; from telegraph + -ic. Electric telegraph sense is from 1823.

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