[ tel-i-graf-ik ]
/ ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk /


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


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Origin of telegraphic

First recorded in 1785–95; telegraph + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM telegraphic

tel·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for telegraphic

/ (ˌtɛlɪˈɡræfɪk) /


used in or transmitted by telegraphy
of or relating to a telegraph
having a concise style; clippedtelegraphic speech

Derived forms of telegraphic

telegraphically, adverb
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