- 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
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He carried a clipboard and something that looked like a cross between a World War II-era walkie-talkie and a 1990s cellphone.How I Got Through Airport Security with No I.D.
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A black-haired housewife spied them over her back fence, crossed herself and grabbed her walkie-talkie from the laundry basket.Bread Overhead
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Joe and Chuck were in their own car, the riot guns and walkie-talkie out of sight.
"Might be relaying messages on from a walkie-talkie or something like that," Buck commented.The Defiant Agents
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He traced the circuit to where it disappeared into the oscillator switch, then took the walkie-talkie.The Scarlet Lake Mystery
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McDevitt had a radio in his car with which to talk to Wallops, and Steve handed him one unit of a walkie-talkie radio network.
- 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
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