graf·fi·tiedgraf·fi·ti·ing \-(ˌ)tē-iŋ\ also graf·fi·ting \-ˈfē-tiŋ\
: to draw graffiti on : to deface with graffiti <graffitied walls>
First Known Use of GRAFFITI
: pictures or words painted or drawn on a wall, building, etc.
: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface
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Usage Discussion of GRAFFITI
Graffiti, which also serves as the plural of graffito, is commonly used as a singular mass noun <graffiti … was depressing people who rode the subways — New Yorker> <graffiti comes in various styles — S. K. Oberbeck>. This use is well established although not yet as well established as the mass-noun use of data. Use of graffiti as a singular count noun is still quite rare and is not standard.
Examples of GRAFFITI
- The walls of the old building are covered with graffiti.
Origin of GRAFFITI
Italian, plural of graffito
First Known Use: 1945
: writing or drawing made on a public structure without permission
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