or walk·y-talk·y

[ waw-kee-taw-kee ]
/ ˈwɔ kiˈtɔ ki /

noun Radio.

a combined transmitter and receiver light enough to be carried by one person: developed originally for military use in World War II.


Origin of walkie-talkie

1935–40, Americanism; see walk, talk, -ie
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/ (ˌwɔːkɪˈtɔːkɪ) /

noun plural -talkies

a small combined radio transmitter and receiver, usually operating on shortwave, that can be carried around by one person: widely used by the police, medical services, etc
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Word Origin and History for walkie-talkie



1939, popularized in World War II army slang, from walk (v.) + talk (v.).

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