graw·​lix ˈgrȯ-ˌliks How to pronounce grawlix (audio)
plural grawlixes
: 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 grawlixSteve Rushin

Examples of grawlix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wondering what grawlix means? Leanne Italie, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Vassell said in a tweet that included an angry-looking emoji with a mouth obscured by a grawlix, a string of typographical symbols – in this case, #%! Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2022 The use of grawlix is mostly limited to cartoons and casual fiction writing. Washington Post, 20 July 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grawlix was in 1976

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Cite this Entry

“Grawlix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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