Definition of answerphone in English:



  • A telephone answering machine.

    • ‘The device is a telephone, answerphone, fax, personal organiser and monitor, with email facilities, all rolled into one.’
    • ‘I was just online and the downstairs phone rang, and the answerphone kicked in.’
    • ‘As is usual with the house phone, I leave it to go onto the answerphone - anyone worth talking to will start leaving a message and if I want to talk to them then I can pick it up and do so.’
    • ‘If you telephone us, please talk to the answerphone!’
    • ‘‘Why did you leave a message on my answerphone?’’
    • ‘It's not the prettiest phone in the world but my main desire was a cordless phone with an answerphone and speed-dial and this was the cheapest one of those.’
    • ‘Ownership of other communication links such as answerphones, fax, and internet are all likely to increase too, and this will add to the problems of contacting householders by phone.’
    • ‘As it happens, I have an answerphone and Caller ID, but disproportionate numbers of elderly or infirm people don't, and harassment is harassment.’
    • ‘And he said that sales came through the human touch rather than relying on answerphones and other machines.’
    • ‘Returning from work, I find a message from a cheery-sounding woman on my answerphone.’