of, relating to, or happening by means of a telephone system.
carrying sound to a distance by artificial means.

Origin of telephonic

First recorded in 1825–35; tele-1 + -phone + -ic
Related formstel·e·phon·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·phon·ic, adjectivenon·tel·e·phon·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·tel·e·phon·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telephonically

Historical Examples of telephonically

  • His opinions on any subject had never been telephonically or otherwise demanded by the editors of up-to-date dailies.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • In tones more than telephonically agonised he bade me not make a jest of his misery.

    Simon the Jester

    William J. Locke

Word Origin and History for telephonically



1834, in reference to a system of signaling by musical sounds, from tele- + phonic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper