Definition of instant message in English:

Share this entry

instant message

noun

A message sent via the Internet that appears on the recipient’s screen as soon as it is transmitted.
Example sentences
  • Eventually I put a block on her instant messages.
  • Kind of like a presence indicator for the instant message session itself.
  • I can talk to my staff, see them on video, I can detect their presence, email or instant message them.

verb

(instant-message) [with object]
Send (someone) an instant message.
Example sentences
  • You can instant message 24/7 with our trained coaches.
  • When a new name pops into the chat room, you automatically instant-message a hello.
  • They compile coed Buddy Lists on their computer screens and think nothing of instant-messaging guys or calling them on the phone.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: in|stant mes|sage

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.