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or walky-talky

[waw-kee-taw-kee] /ˈwɔ kiˈtɔ ki/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • In the airlessness, anything anybody said by walkie-talkie could be heard by everybody.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • 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
  • 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 (pl) -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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for walkie-talkie

1939, popularized in World War II army slang, from walk (v.) + talk (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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