Definition of steno in English:



North American
  • 1A shorthand typist.

    ‘it was written by the little steno herself’
    • ‘She's in an evening gown in front of a chorus line of stenos, who have letters on their smock-like dresses and carry steno pads and pencils.’
    • ‘When they kiss, the stenos hide their blushing faces behind their steno pads.’
    1. 1.1
      ‘the steno pool’
      short for stenography
      ‘I carry a steno pad and two pens’
      • ‘The steno pool had always been the hub of gossip as far as Lee Stetson's love life had been concerned, and this time was no different.’
      • ‘The general had a steno pad and pencil.’
      • ‘The blond twisted the steno chair back and forth, seeming to find the roller action fascinating.’
      • ‘She gathered up her scripts and returned to her office, while Jackie's face lit up and she grabbed a steno pad and a pen off Mother's desk.’
      • ‘The one who had been standing in the center of the huddle the whole time is Kevin Falkan, the unspoken head of the Joint Ops Detail, and his closing of his steno pad is a signal to the others.’
      • ‘From that position Papa read the many investment newsletters to which he subscribed, tinkered with small parts, or filled steno pads with his odd, cryptic notes and lists.’
      • ‘Flipping open his steno pad, he checked for the volume he needed next, filled out a slip and proceeded to the desk.’
      • ‘Jake Branford looked up from his green steno notebook.’
      • ‘He felt for the green steno journal in his back pocket.’
      • ‘A passing secretary stopped short, clutching her steno pad to her chest, staring wide-eyed at him.’
      • ‘She instantly melted at the deep voice of Detective Russell, but collected herself as he reached into his overcoat and pulled out a steno pad, ready to scribble down the names.’
      • ‘No red-blooded reporter from the American steno pool would pull a stunt like that.’
      • ‘He had a pad, a steno pad, and a pencil, and he would jot things down.’
      • ‘Dr. Lowery leaned forward in his chair, clutching a steno pad in his manicured and unnaturally smooth hands.’
      • ‘Carefully, he transferred his watch, money, and steno notebook into the pants pockets.’
      • ‘Some reporters invent new steno outlines ‘on the fly’ as needed.’
      • ‘She maintains that middle-class women have moved from the steno pool to comer offices on the backs of women who live in ‘serfdom’ as their household helpers.’
      • ‘Sue gives him flies for simply appreciating them and showing her the little spiral-bound steno pad in which he logs which fly caught which fish under which conditions.’
      • ‘Folded up against his green steno book was a crumpled sheet of loose-leaf paper.’
      • ‘Ducking and weaving in his duct-tape-repaired steno chair, he was able to get a dark reflection of his face in the unlit monitor on his desk.’