Graffiti meaning

grə-fē'tē
Drawings or inscriptions made on a wall or other surface, usually so as to be seen by the public.
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Inscriptions, slogans, drawings, etc. scratched, scribbled, or drawn, often crudely, on a wall or other public surface.
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(chiefly uncountable) A form of vandalism involving painting text or images in public places.
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(chiefly uncountable) A form of art involving painting text or images in public places.
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(archaeology, countable) Informal inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., as opposed to official inscriptions.
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To create such images.
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The definition of graffiti is writing, drawing, or other marks on a wall where it does not belong.

When someone scrawls a gang symbol on the side of a public building, this is an example of graffiti.

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Origin of graffiti

  • Italian pl. of graffito graffito
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from Italian graffiti.
    From Wiktionary