[fohn] /foʊn/

noun, verb (used with or without object), phoned, phoning.
noun, verb
short for telephone
(phonetics) a single uncomplicated speech sound

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.)).

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

Related Terms

flip phone, hold the phone


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