Educalingo cookies are used to personalize ads and get web traffic statistics. We also share information about the use of the site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.
View details Got it
Download the app
educalingo
Search

Meaning of "snail-mail" in the English dictionary

Dictionary
DICTIONARY
section

PRONUNCIATION OF SNAIL-MAIL

snail-mail  [sneɪl meɪl] play
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp

GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SNAIL-MAIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Snail-Mail is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb snail-mail in English.

WHAT DOES SNAIL-MAIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Snail mail

Snail mail or smail —named after the snail with its slow speed—refers to letters and missives carried by conventional postal delivery services. Also named after the "snail-trail" used to glue the envelope. The phrase refers to the lag-time between dispatch of a letter and its receipt, versus the virtually instantaneous dispatch and delivery of its electronic equivalent, e-mail. It is also known, more neutrally, as paper mail, postal mail, land mail, or simply mail and post. An earlier term of the same type is surface mail, coined retrospectively after the development of airmail. This happened between the 1970s to 1990s. Snail mail penpals are those penpals that communicate with one another through the postal system, rather than on the internet which has become the more common medium. Some online groups also use paper mail through regular gift or craft hot topics. In some countries, services are available to print and deliver emails to those unable to receive email, like people with no computers or internet access. Similar terminology was used in the 1840s to contrast the already-operating postal mail with the new telegraph.

Definition of snail-mail in the English dictionary

The definition of snail-mail in the dictionary is to send by the conventional postal system, rather than by electronic mail.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SNAIL-MAIL

PRESENT

Present
I snail-mail
you snail-mail
he/she/it snail-mails
we snail-mail
you snail-mail
they snail-mail
Present continuous
I am snail-mailing
you are snail-mailing
he/she/it is snail-mailing
we are snail-mailing
you are snail-mailing
they are snail-mailing
Present perfect
I have snail-mailed
you have snail-mailed
he/she/it has snail-mailed
we have snail-mailed
you have snail-mailed
they have snail-mailed
Present perfect continuous
I have been snail-mailing
you have been snail-mailing
he/she/it has been snail-mailing
we have been snail-mailing
you have been snail-mailing
they have been snail-mailing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I snail-mailed
you snail-mailed
he/she/it snail-mailed
we snail-mailed
you snail-mailed
they snail-mailed
Past continuous
I was snail-mailing
you were snail-mailing
he/she/it was snail-mailing
we were snail-mailing
you were snail-mailing
they were snail-mailing
Past perfect
I had snail-mailed
you had snail-mailed
he/she/it had snail-mailed
we had snail-mailed
you had snail-mailed
they had snail-mailed
Past perfect continuous
I had been snail-mailing
you had been snail-mailing
he/she/it had been snail-mailing
we had been snail-mailing
you had been snail-mailing
they had been snail-mailing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will snail-mail
you will snail-mail
he/she/it will snail-mail
we will snail-mail
you will snail-mail
they will snail-mail
Future continuous
I will be snail-mailing
you will be snail-mailing
he/she/it will be snail-mailing
we will be snail-mailing
you will be snail-mailing
they will be snail-mailing
Future perfect
I will have snail-mailed
you will have snail-mailed
he/she/it will have snail-mailed
we will have snail-mailed
you will have snail-mailed
they will have snail-mailed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been snail-mailing
you will have been snail-mailing
he/she/it will have been snail-mailing
we will have been snail-mailing
you will have been snail-mailing
they will have been snail-mailing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would snail-mail
you would snail-mail
he/she/it would snail-mail
we would snail-mail
you would snail-mail
they would snail-mail
Conditional continuous
I would be snail-mailing
you would be snail-mailing
he/she/it would be snail-mailing
we would be snail-mailing
you would be snail-mailing
they would be snail-mailing
Conditional perfect
I would have snail-mail
you would have snail-mail
he/she/it would have snail-mail
we would have snail-mail
you would have snail-mail
they would have snail-mail
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been snail-mailing
you would have been snail-mailing
he/she/it would have been snail-mailing
we would have been snail-mailing
you would have been snail-mailing
they would have been snail-mailing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you snail-mail
we let´s snail-mail
you snail-mail
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to snail-mail
Past participle
snail-mailed
Present Participle
snail-mailing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SNAIL-MAIL


airmail
ˈɛəˌmeɪl
antifemale
ˌæntɪˈfiːmeɪl
blackmail
ˈblækˌmeɪl
camail
ˈkæmeɪl
e-mail
ˈiːmeɪl
female
ˈfiːmeɪl
graymail
ˈɡreɪˌmeɪl
greenmail
ˈɡriːnˌmeɪl
mail
meɪl
maill
meɪl
male
meɪl
metafemale
ˌmɛtəˈfiːmeɪl
remail
riːˈmeɪl
supermale
ˈsuːpəˌmeɪl
v-mail
ˈviːmeɪl
vermeil
ˈvɜːmeɪl
webmail
ˈwɛbˌmeɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SNAIL-MAIL

snaggletooth
snaggletoothed
snaggy
snaglike
snags
snail
snail cam
snail mail
snail shell
snail-like
snail´s pace
snailery
snailfish
snaily
snake
snake charmer
snake dance
snake eyes
snake fence
snake fly

WORDS THAT END LIKE SNAIL-MAIL

certified mail
chain mail
coat of mail
direct mail
electronic mail
emotional blackmail
express mail
facemail
fan mail
hate mail
junk mail
metered mail
nixie mail
snail mail
surface mail
voice mail

Synonyms and antonyms of snail-mail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «snail-mail» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
online translator

TRANSLATION OF SNAIL-MAIL

Find out the translation of snail-mail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of snail-mail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «snail-mail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

蜗牛邮件
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

caracol -mail
570 millions of speakers

English

snail-mail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

घोंघा मेल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الحلزون الإلكتروني
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Улитка почты
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

caracol -mail
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শামুক-মেইল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

escargot -mail
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

surat Siput
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Snail-Mail
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

カタツムリメール
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

달팽이 메일
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Snail-mail
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ốc -mail
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நத்தை-மெயில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

गोगलगाय मेल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

salyangoz-posta
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

snail -mail
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Ślimak -mail
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Равлик пошти
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

melc -mail
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σαλιγκάρι -mail
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

slak -pos
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

snigel- post
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

snail-mail
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of snail-mail

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SNAIL-MAIL»

The term «snail-mail» is quite widely used and occupies the 51.523 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
0
100%
FREQUENCY
Quite widely used
76
/100
The map shown above gives the frequency of use of the term «snail-mail» in the different countries.
Principal search tendencies and common uses of snail-mail
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «snail-mail».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SNAIL-MAIL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «snail-mail» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «snail-mail» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about snail-mail

EXAMPLES

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SNAIL-MAIL»

Discover the use of snail-mail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to snail-mail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Snail Mail No More
Now that they live in different cities, thirteen-year-old Tara and Elizabeth use email to "talk" about everything that is occuring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes.
Paula Danziger, Ann M. Martin, 2000
2
Snail Mail My Email: Handwritten Letters in a Digital World
Snail Mail My Email is a collection of the most memorable letters and moments from the project, and a reminder of the power of personal connection in a world of instant communication.
Ivan Cash, 2012
3
What Is Snail Mail?: The Lost Art of Letterwriting
This book also is a resource for where to find pen pals on the internet and off line resources such as news letters, magaizines etc.
Tamara Stevens, 2004
4
Snail Mail
A snail changes its eating habits, settling on the mail in the mail box until becoming too fond of the homeowner for that.
Hazel Edwards, 1991
5
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume
Snail. Mail. If you have plenty of time before the application deadline, the U.S. Postal Service (fondly referred to as snail mail) is a great and fairly reliable way to send your resume and ...
Susan Ireland, 2003
6
101 Ways to Promote Your Web Site: Filled with Proven ...
It is perceived as being more personal than snail mail and can go quite a long way in building relationships. E-mail Program versus Mail List Software The time has come where mail list software is essential for sending mass, permission- based ...
Susan Sweeney, 2006
7
Implementing Email and Security Tokens: Current Standards, ...
Table 2-2 Snail Mail and Email Process Similarities STEP SNAIL MAIL EMAIL Compose Alice pulls out pen and paper and writes her letter. Alice either starts a dedicated email application or a web browser to compose her email message.
Sean Turner, Russ Housley, 2008
8
The Fine Artist's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion: ...
the snail mail no more than thirty days unless otherwise requested or determined by the local postmaster, who may make exceptions. You must present an I.D. to receive the mail. If you were to have an exhibit in, for example, Tampa, Florida, ...
Julius Vitali, 2003
9
Everyday Letters for Busy People: Hundreds of Samples You ...
Hundreds of Samples You Can Adapt at a Moment's Notice : Invitations and Resignations, Complaints and Condolences, E-mail and Snail Mail, and More Debra Hart May, Regina McAloney ...
Debra Hart May, Regina McAloney, 2004
10
Morphology and Its Demarcations: Selected Papers from the ...
Reconsidering the example in (18), snail mail, we can verify that the non-head snail retains only one feature of its meaning in isolation, namely, slowness. All the remaining encyclopaedic features associated with snail (e.g. the fact that snails ...
Wolfgang U. Dressler, 2005

2 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SNAIL-MAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term snail-mail is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Snail-mail the solution to slow Silicon Valley vote tallies?
SAN JOSE -- Santa Clara County is thinking snail-mail might be the answer to Silicon Valley's sluggish election result tallies. More than three out of four Santa ... «San Jose Mercury News, Nov 14»
2
Jimmy Carter uses 'snail-mail' to thwart NSA
Carter said that he resorts to old-fashion snail mail to try to thwart the prying eyes of the National Security Agency, whose massive data-collection program was ... «New York Post, Mar 14»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Snail-Mail [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/snail-mail-1>. Sep 2022 ».
Download the educalingo app
en
English dictionary
Discover all that is hidden in the words on
index
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z