follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

megaphone

[meg-uh-fohn] /ˈmɛg əˌfoʊn/
noun
1.
a cone-shaped device for magnifying or directing the voice, chiefly used in addressing a large audience out of doors or in calling to someone at a distance.
Compare bullhorn.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), megaphoned, megaphoning.
2.
to transmit or speak through or as if through a megaphone.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; mega- + -phone
Related forms
megaphonic
[meg-uh-fon-ik] /ˌmɛg əˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
megaphonically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for megaphonic

megaphone

/ˈmɛɡəˌfəʊn/
noun
1.
a funnel-shaped instrument used to amplify the voice See also loud-hailer
Derived Forms
megaphonic (ˌmɛɡəˈfɒnɪk) adjective
megaphonically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for megaphonic

megaphone

n.

1878, coined (perhaps by Thomas Edison, who invented it) from Greek megas "great" (see mega-) + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). Related: Megaphonic. In Greek, megalophonia meant "grandiloquence," megalophonos "loud-voiced."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for megaphone

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for megaphonic

0
24
Scrabble Words With Friends