Definition of mimeograph in US English:



  • 1A duplicating machine which produces copies from a stencil, now superseded by the photocopier.

    • ‘One of my big complaints about Pacifica is that it is still an analog network, dealing with every fringe loon left with a mimeograph.’
    • ‘When E. Joyce Matheny produced church bulletins, she brought them to life the old-fashioned way: with a typewriter from Sears Roebuck and a mimeograph machine she believes was ‘model 410.’’
    • ‘We went from hieroglyphics to mimeographs to home computers, which allow us to mass mail letters that go something like this.’
    • ‘At the designated time, he showed up in a subterranean Parrish office and was greeted by an upperclassman and a mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘I was alone in a room with my books on a wall and a mimeograph machine at a table nearby.’
    • ‘Ed also wrote regularly for the series of one-shot mimeo magazines I'd begun producing, sub rosa and under cover of darkness, on a mimeograph machine I'd discovered in a broom closet at the University.’
    • ‘In 1967, with $400 from an honorarium, he bought a used mimeograph machine, and with the help of poets Johari Amini and Carolyn Rodgers founded Third World Press in the basement of his Southside Chicago apartment.’
    • ‘The mimeograph machine was going all the time, churning out a cross-flurry of monographs, memos and rough drafts.’
    • ‘Note 2: Beatitude was first published in 1959 on the mimeograph machine at the Bread and Wine Mission on Grant Avenue by Bob Kaufman, John Kelly and others.’
    • ‘As Domenico takes it all in, the mimeograph crescendos into an echo of the city's roar.’
    • ‘Judy Grahn starts a mimeograph press in Oakland that becomes the Women's Press Collective.’
    • ‘We had a newsletter called The Roscoe Street Blues, which we ran off with a mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘Knowing the innate power of the press, he bought a mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘Which doesn't belong on the following list of business tools: mimeograph; overhead projector; flip chart; PowerPoint?’
    • ‘After all, they are the original pecking-order punching bags, the bottom-of-the-esteem-food-chain freaks who are universally seen as smelling of mimeograph toner, body odor, and old corn chips.’
    • ‘He finished the stencils in two hours, and, feeling a towering strength in his heretofore ordinary frame, immediately carried them upstairs to the mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘There were 6,000 other prisoners in the camp, and the nurses used an old mimeograph machine to start a public health campaign on the dangers of disease.’
    • ‘Noah published the Ark Newsletter with the mimeograph machine I used to run in the office.’
    • ‘In the 1960s - thanks to the mimeograph machine and the photo-offset printed paperback book - poetry was popular, glamorous, engaged, and confrontational.’
    • ‘Because my civilian job history had included mimeograph operator for two plus years with the Civil Service Commission office in Chicago, I was assigned to work in the Publications Office - an early-day Army version of Kinkos.’
    photocopy, copy, carbon copy, duplicate, replica, reproduction, reprint, facsimile, mimeograph, mimeo
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    1. 1.1 A copy produced on a mimeograph.
      • ‘The philosophy was connected to new technology - photocopies or mimeographs to dj studio sound systems and of course audio cassettes.’
      • ‘Other immediate color associations which come to mind: sepia tones and oddball diner to-go cartons, goldenrod mimeographs, and the wild chartreuse decor of mid-1990s urban splendor.’
      • ‘I remember the motion of the feathers on that sparrow's wings from the moment I typed this poem for publication in a mimeograph newsletter.’
      • ‘Carlson, frustrated at having to make endless hand copies of the patents passing through a law firm where he worked, became convinced that there was a better alternative than messy carbon paper or ink mimeographs.’
      • ‘It's a mimeograph of a newspaper I put out in grade school, proving that I couldn't spell then, either.’
      • ‘Sometimes, you might as well be looking at a mimeograph, or a seventh-generation photocopy.’
      • ‘Rather than think PowerPoint will solve this perennial problem, we need to adapt it to what we know about how people learn and not repeat the same mistakes that we made using the old purple mimeograph.’
      • ‘The second is a mimeograph typescript of the report of a military court of inquiry into the massacre, assembled at the Mater Hospital.’
      • ‘If you needed more than a handful of copies, then expensive, smelly and imperfect alternatives, like the mimeograph, were your only options.’
      • ‘At least let us copy it down to save you the trouble of sending us a mimeograph.’


[with object]
  • Make a copy of (a document) with a mimeograph.

    ‘a mimeographed letter’
    • ‘I wanted to order but was finding it hard to read the fuzzy purple letters on the mimeographed menu.’
    • ‘Solanas mimeographed her manifesto and sold it on the streets.’
    • ‘That night Jo Ann Robinson, a professor at the all-black Alabama State College, and a member of the Women's Political Council went with friends to her college and mimeographed leaflets calling for a boycott of the buses.’
    • ‘This was long ago that the reports were mimeographed and mailed, like small press catalogs.’
    • ‘The people disagreeing would be staying up all night at the Kinkos in Columbus, Indiana, sending a mimeographed newsletter to the handful of other right wing cranks they knew.’
    • ‘I remember Searchlight when it was mimeographed, yes mimeographed, on yellow paper.’
    • ‘It was produced only as a mimeographed pamphlet in 20,000 copies, which sold for 35 cents.’
    • ‘Shelves and walls in Latonya's home were filled with family photographs, childlike paintings, and mimeographed school announcements.’
    • ‘In several of his courses, Fermi handed out mimeographed notes before each lecture.’
    • ‘Although it was very modest indeed, five or six pages mimeographed on rough paper, I believe it was this newsletter which announced the rebirth of aikido to the general public.’
    • ‘They typed their flyers, mimeographed and then distributed them; they painted slogans and graffiti on prominent walls.’
    • ‘My mom said I could probably get it mimeographed at the office, but then I wouldn't have anything to type anymore.’
    • ‘When Woody Guthrie was singing hillbilly songs on a little Los Angeles radio station in the late 1930s, he used to mail out a small mimeographed songbook to listeners who wanted the words to his songs.’
    • ‘For a decade now, former major-label hype guy Alfonso's been printing up Ralph, a free, deliciously mimeographed zine of his Beat-inspired poetry which would find its way across Canada.’
    • ‘Her office staff worked long hours mimeographing and mailing the lessons.’
    • ‘The answer is obvious: instead of crudely mimeographed newsletters, the cranks had access to talk radio and the internet, both of which expanded their audience to the point that the mainstream press felt it had to pay attention.’
    • ‘James, a night watchman at a pork and beans factory, sold 75 of his first Abstract, a stapled, mimeographed sheet full of new statistical curios: average length of games by individual umpire, attendance by pitcher, etc.’
    • ‘When they get up to leave, you notice the little mimeographed magazine they left face down on the table.’
    • ‘It used to take anywhere from 10 to 20 years for an idea, a notion or news or information, to rise from graffiti on a wall to mimeographed zine to the underground press to the alternative press to the mainstream.’
    • ‘I mimeographed the following Whalen poem (which I had from a letter he sent me) and passed it around.’
    copy, produce a copy of, make a facsimile of, duplicate, replicate
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Late 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek mimeomai ‘I imitate’ + -graph.