Definition of WYSIWYG
: a display generated by word-processing or desktop-publishing software that exactly reflects the document as it would appear in its finished state
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In the early 1980s, the phrase "what you see is what you get" was abbreviated to "WYSIWYG" by computer users who sought a term to describe software that accurately reflects the appearance of the finished product. WYSIWYG interfaces eliminate the need for users to master complex formatting codes, allowing them to concentrate instead on design. Originally used in word processing and desktop publishing, they are now found in Web editors and other programs used to create electronic documents. The word WYSIWYG is a noun, but it is often used attributively (modifying another noun) as in our first example sentence.
Origin and Etymology of wysiwyg
what you see is what you get
First Known Use: 1982
WYSIWYG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of WYSIWYG for English Language Learners
computers : a display on a computer that shows the exact appearance of a printed document
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