grawlix

noun
graw·​lix | \ ˈgrȯ-ˌliks How to pronounce grawlix (audio) \
plural grawlixes

Definition of grawlix

: a series of typographical symbols (such as $#!) used in text as a replacement for profanity … it's impossible to quote Ryan directly without liberal use of the grawlix— Steve Rushin

First Known Use of grawlix

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grawlix

coined by the American cartoonist Mort Walker (1923-2018)

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“Grawlix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grawlix. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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