noun (plural tellys; also tellies) Etymology: by shortening & alteration Date: 1939 chiefly British television

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  • telly — British English shortening of TELEVISION (Cf. television), attested by 1940 …   Etymology dictionary

  • telly — (television) tel·ly || telɪ n. device which receives television signals and displays them as pictures and sound (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • telly — [tel′ē] n. pl. tellies [altered < TELE(VISION)] Brit. informal term for TELEVISION …   English World dictionary

  • telly */ — UK [ˈtelɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms telly : singular telly plural tellies British informal television on (the) telly: There s something I want to see on the telly tonight. watch (the) telly: We were just sitting watching the… …   English dictionary

  • Telly — The word telly may refer to: * The Telly Monster. * The Telly Awards. * The Telly Home Entertainment Server. * American actor Telly Savalas. * A British slang term for ‘television’ …   Wikipedia

  • telly — tel|ly S3 [ˈteli] n plural tellies [U and C] BrE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: television] television on telly ▪ Is there anything good on telly tonight? …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • telly — [[t]te̱li[/t]] tellies N VAR A telly is a television. [BRIT, INFORMAL] After a hard day s work most people want to relax in front of the telly. Syn: box, TV (in AM, use TV) …   English dictionary

  • telly — [“teli] n. a television set. (Originally British.) □ What’s on the telly tonight? □ mean, what’s showing on the telly tonight? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • telly — n. television; TV. Let s see what s on the telly tonight …   English slang

  • telly — /tel ee/, n., pl. tellies. Brit. Informal. 1. television. 2. a television receiving set. [1935 40; TEL(EVISION) + Y2] * * * …   Universalium

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