snail-mail

snail mail

Facetious.
noun
1.
physical delivery of mail, as contrasted with e-mail.
2.
the letters, packages, etc. delivered this way.
Also called s-mail.


Origin:
1980–85

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snail mail
 
n
1.  the conventional postal system, as opposed to electronic mail
 
vb
2.  (tr) to send by the conventional postal system, rather than by electronic mail
 
[C20: so named because of the relative slowness of the conventional postal system]

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snail mail definition


A term used to denote mail sent via the traditional postal service, usually to contrast that process to e-mail.

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Slang Dictionary

snail-mail definition


  1. n.
    post office mail; regular mail as opposed to electronic mail. (Refers to the slowness of regular mail in comparison to electronic mail or faxes.) : There are lots of color pictures in the article, so I will send you the original by snail-mail.
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