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graffiti

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verb, graf·fi·ti \grə-ˈfē-(ˌ)tē, gra-, grä-\

Definition of graffiti

graffitiedgraffitiing \-(ˌ)tē-iŋ\ also graffiting \-ˈfē-tiŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to draw graffiti on :  to deface with graffiti <graffitied walls>



1964

First Known Use of graffiti

1964


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graffiti

noun graf·fi·ti

Simple Definition of graffiti

  • : pictures or words painted or drawn on a wall, building, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of graffiti

  1. :  usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

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 in a sentence

  1. The walls of the old building are covered with graffiti.



Origin of graffiti

Italian, plural of graffito


First Known Use: 1945

Rhymes with graffiti


GRAFFITI Defined for Kids

graffiti

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noun graf·fi·ti \grə-ˈfē-tē\

Definition of graffiti for Students

  1. :  writing or drawing made on a public structure without permission





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