1851, for ancient wall inscriptions based in the ruins of Pompeii, from Italian graffiti, plural of graffito "a scribbling," a diminutive development from graffio "a scratch or scribble," from graffiare "to scribble," finally from Greek graphein "to damage, draw, write" (see -graphy). Good sense offered 1877 to recently made crude drawings and scribbling.
a rude design inscribed on stones or wall space
- Inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., on the wall space of old sepulchers or ruins, like in the Catacombs, or at Pompeii.
Graffiti is a type of writing used on the Palm OS platform that allows users to write into their PalmPilot and licensed by Apple for their Newton. Below is a graphical representation of the Graffiti alphabet.
(n. pl.) Inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., on the wall space of ancient sepulchers or damages, like in the Catacombs, or at Pompeii.
It can be traced in the graffiti of the mercenaries of Psammetichus at Abu Simbel in Upper Egypt, where Greeks, Carians and Phoenicians all cut their names upon the legs of the colossal statues.