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[tel-uh-mahr-ki-ting] /ˈtɛl əˌmɑr kɪ tɪŋ/
selling or advertising by telephone.
Related forms
telemarketer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for telemarketer
  • Hostile neighbors and dogs could have their say, followed by a truly nasty encounter with a telemarketer.
  • He's been raising money faster than a telemarketer for almost a year and a half.
  • Depending on your long-distance provider, that stranger with the thick accent may not be a telemarketer or a prank caller.
  • If you're a senior citizen and feel you've been scammed by a phony telemarketer, listen up.
  • Stopping junk mail and telemarketer is the easy part.
  • He was the opinion editor on his college newspaper and spent his summers during high school as a telemarketer, selling newspapers.
  • Do not agree to purchase anything from a telemarketer unless he or she provides you with a contract before the sale is completed.
  • It's someone calling to sell you something-a telemarketer.
  • Cancellation notices must be sent by certified mail to the telemarketer's address.
  • If a telemarketer who shouldn't call does anyway, they'll hear from us.
British Dictionary definitions for telemarketer


another name for telesales
Derived Forms
telemarketer, noun
Word Origin
C20: short for tele(phone) marketing
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Contemporary definitions for telemarketer's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for telemarketer



1970, from tele(phone) + marketing. Related: Telemarketer (1984).

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