a machine for writing mechanically in letters and characters like those produced by printers' types.
Printing. a type style that gives the appearance of typewritten copy.
Older Use. a typist.

Nearby words

  1. typeset,
  2. typesetter,
  3. typesetting,
  4. typestyle,
  5. typewrite,
  6. typewriting,
  7. typewritten,
  8. typey,
  9. typhlectasis,
  10. typhlectomy

Origin of typewriter

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; type + writer

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British Dictionary definitions for typewriter



a keyboard machine for writing mechanically in characters resembling print. It may be operated entirely by hand (manual typewriter) or be powered by electricity (electric typewriter)
printing a style of type resembling typescript
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Word Origin and History for typewriter



in the mechanical sense, 1868, from type (n.) + writer.

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