grawlix

noun graw·lix \ ˈgrȯ-ˌliks \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of grawlix

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 grawlix
  • —Steve Rushin

Origin and Etymology of grawlix

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


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