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phone1

[fohn] /foʊn/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), phoned, phoning.
1.
Origin of phone1
1880-1885
1880-85; by shortening

phone2

[fohn] /foʊn/
noun, Phonetics
1.
a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”.
Compare allophone, phoneme.
Origin
1865-70; < Greek phōnḗ voice
Related forms
phonal, adjective

-phone

1.
a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
Origin
see phone2
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Examples from the Web for phone
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  • Asked me if I could get you to the 'phone without any trouble.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You have seen the Greek word "phone," which means the voice, before.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • "I had a call from him on the 'phone an hour ago," he answered.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • His reason for wanting to see me, he said, he'd rather not give me over the 'phone.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I didn't know that you—that is, you never said—oh, come up to the house, please—I can't say what I want to over the 'phone.

    Options O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for phone

phone1

/fəʊn/
noun, verb
1.
short for telephone

phone2

/fəʊn/
noun
1.
(phonetics) a single uncomplicated speech sound
Word Origin
C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice

-phone

combining form
1.
(forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off sound: microphone, telephone
2.
(forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular language: Francophone
Derived Forms
-phonic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek phōnē voice, sound
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Word Origin and History for phone
n.

1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.

"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).

v.

1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.

-phone

word-forming element meaning "voice, sound," also "speaker of," from Greek phone "voice, sound," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, say, tell" (cf. Latin for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for phone

phone

Related Terms

flip phone, hold the phone

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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