or walk·y-talk·y


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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Related Words for walkie-talkie

intercom, pager, walky-talky

Examples from the Web for walkie-talkie

Contemporary Examples of walkie-talkie

Historical Examples of walkie-talkie

  • A black-haired housewife spied them over her back fence, crossed herself and grabbed her walkie-talkie from the laundry basket.

    Bread Overhead

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Joe and Chuck were in their own car, the riot guns and walkie-talkie out of sight.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • "Might be relaying messages on from a walkie-talkie or something like that," Buck commented.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • He traced the circuit to where it disappeared into the oscillator switch, then took the walkie-talkie.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • 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.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for walkie-talkie



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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