telly

[ tel-ee ]
/ ˈtɛl i /

noun, plural tel·lies. British Informal.

a television receiving set.

Origin of telly

First recorded in 1935–40; tel(evision) + -y2

Definition for telly (2 of 2)

tele

or tel·ly

[ tel-ee ]
/ ˈtɛl i /

noun British Informal.

Origin of tele

by shortening
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telly

/ (ˈtɛlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

informal, mainly British short for television
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Word Origin and History for telly

telly


n.

chiefly British English shortening of television, attested by 1940.

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