[ tel-uh-fon-ik ]
/ ˌtɛl əˈfɒn ɪk /


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

Nearby words

  1. telephone number,
  2. telephone pole,
  3. telephone receiver,
  4. telephone selling,
  5. telephone tag,
  6. telephonist,
  7. telephony,
  8. telephoto,
  9. telephoto lens,
  10. telephotograph

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

  • 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