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  1. (lowercase) a network of teletypewriters with their connecting lines, switchboards, etc.
verb (used with object), Tel·e·typed, Tel·e·typ·ing.
  1. (lowercase) to send by Teletype.
verb (used without object), Tel·e·typed, Tel·e·typ·ing.
  1. (lowercase) to operate a Teletype. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for teletype

Historical Examples of teletype

  • Frank turned toward the window where he had left the bundle of teletype clips.

    Deadly City

    Paul W. Fairman

  • As she had suspected, there were two teletype machines, neither of which was in operation.

    Behind the Green Door

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • “Room 27 is given over to our teletype service,” interrupted Maxwell.

    Behind the Green Door

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • Although not as important today as it was before radio, telephone, and teletype became common, the telegraph is still in use.

  • Charlie Fischer strolled in and glanced at the weather report coming in on the teletype.

British Dictionary definitions for teletype


  1. trademark a type of teleprinter
  2. (sometimes not capital) a network of such devices, used for communicating messages, information, etc
  1. (sometimes not capital) to transmit (a message) by Teletype
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Word Origin and History for teletype

1904, trademark for a communications system of typewriters connected electronically, short for teletypewriter (1904), a form of telegraph in which the receiver prints messages like a typewriter, from tele- + typewriter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper