[ kuh-kog-ruh-fee ]
/ kəˈkɒg rə fi /


bad handwriting; poor penmanship.
incorrect spelling.

Nearby words

  1. cacoepy,
  2. cacoethes,
  3. cacogenics,
  4. cacogeusia,
  5. cacographic,
  6. cacology,
  7. cacomelia,
  8. cacomistle,
  9. caconym,
  10. cacoon

Origin of cacography

First recorded in 1570–80; caco- + -graphy

Related formsca·cog·ra·pher, nouncac·o·graph·ic [kak-uh-graf-ik] /ˌkæk əˈgræf ɪk/, cac·o·graph·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cacography

  • He blows off his steam with such an eagerness that he forgets for a time, or nearly forgets, his cacography.

    Thackeray|Anthony Trollope
  • I am willing to lay the blame of these errata on my own cacography, rather than on the printer's back.

  • A letter more or less in a name was of no account in the cacography of those times.

    Claverhouse|Mowbray Morris
  • Most lovely is the youthful hand of his eldest daughter: the cacography of her later years is, alas!

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest|Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for cacography


/ (kæˈkɒɡrəfɪ) /


bad handwritingCompare calligraphy
incorrect spellingCompare orthography
Derived Formscacographer, nouncacographic (ˌkækəˈɡræfɪk) or cacographical, adjective

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