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Origin of telly

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


or tel·ly

noun British Informal.
  1. television.

Origin of tele

by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for telly

box, station, video, audio, tube, eye, TV, receiver, baby-sitter, telly, vid, television

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Historical Examples of telly

  • He reentered in time to run into a Telly team which was doing a live broadcast.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Joe, of course, was fully aware of the value of Telly and was glad to co-operate.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He called to the Telly reporter who was getting as much of this as he could.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Could you tell the Telly fans what this is all about, Marshal Cogswell?


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Better go into t'other room where Telly's settin' the table.

    Uncle Terry

    Charles Clark Munn

British Dictionary definitions for telly


noun plural -lies
  1. informal, mainly British short for television
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Word Origin and History for telly

chiefly British English shortening of television, attested by 1940.

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