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Brand name, from the resemblance of the keyboard's buttons to the skin of a fruit.[1]


BlackBerry (plural BlackBerries)

  1. A wireless handheld device, a cross between a cellphone and a mobile email appliance and Internet-capable PDA, marketed by BlackBerry Limited.
    • 2007 November, Gil Schwartz, “Escape from the job monster”, in Men's Health, volume 22, number 9, ISSN 1054-4836, page 120:
      A few days ago, I took a walk with my wife and did not take my BlackBerry! That's progress. Of course, I reached into my empty pockets six or seven times, so clearly I have a long way to go.


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BlackBerry (third-person singular simple present BlackBerries, present participle BlackBerrying, simple past and past participle BlackBerried)

  1. To send a text message or e-mail with a BlackBerry device.
    • 2007, Kristin Gore, Sammy's Hill, Miramax Books (2007), →ISBN, page 219:
      "I BlackBerried a sort of risque joke message to this friend of mine — it was totally a joke — but, um, I accidentally sent it to two hundred strangers. []
    • 2009, Colleen DeBaise, The Wall Street Journal: Complete Small Business Guidebook, Three Rivers Press (2009), →ISBN, page 205:
      We've interviewed female entrepreneurs who say they were BlackBerrying up into the final stages of labor; []
    • 2012, Matthew Zencey, Unlikely Liberal: Sarah Palin's Curious Record as Alaska's Governor, Potomac Books (2012), →ISBN, page 144:
      But Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin told me she was well known for BlackBerrying during face-to-face meetings.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:BlackBerry.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Seward, Zachary M. (January 30, 2013), “RIM renames itself BlackBerry: Here's how that name came to be”, in Quartz[1], retrieved July 27, 2020