chiclet keyboard

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English[edit]

A calculator's rubber chiclet keyboard

Etymology[edit]

From Chiclets (itself from chicle), a brand of chewing gum bearing some resemblance to the keys.

Noun[edit]

chiclet keyboard (plural chiclet keyboards)

  1. (computing, informal) Any of various early computer keyboards having an array of small, flat rectangular or lozenge-shaped rubber or plastic keys.
    • 1984, Popular Mechanics (volume 161, number 2, February 1984)
      At the best of times it's difficult to type on a chiclet keyboard.
    • 1985, Linda Gail Christie, The Simon and Schuster guide to computer peripherals
      The chiclet keyboard and single-line LED display do not permit rapid data entry and text editing...
    • 2002, Paul B Thurrott, Windows XP home networking
      ...clamshell-like devices with a tiny chiclet keyboard, a stylus for selecting and pointing, and a black-and-white Windows 95-like user interface.