- plural of graffito.
- (used with a plural verb) markings, as initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, or the like: These graffiti are evidence of the neighborhood's decline.
- (used with a singular verb) such markings as a whole or as constituting a particular group: Not much graffiti appears around here these days.
Origin of graffiti
- Archaeology. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
- a single example of graffiti.
Origin of graffito
Examples from the Web for graffiti
Graffiti was borne out of the South Bronx streets as one of the key pillars of the hip-hop movement.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
The amount of graffiti on such a wall would depend on the commitment of its defenders.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Goldman is now dead, but his family still runs his business and maintains the graffiti wall.Graffiti Artists Turn on Banksy: The Rise of Art Hate
August 6, 2014
Two years later and sober, he was still acting out, facing 17 years for graffiti and vandalism.The Buddhist Punk Reforming Drug Rehab
June 16, 2014
Like most graffiti artists, she keeps a low profile and her identity is a secret.Who Is Bambi, the Artist Behind Kim Kardashian’s Wedding-Gift Portrait?
June 4, 2014
The walls341 of this passage are covered with graffiti and other records of pilgrims.Pagan and Christian Rome
We stayed two days at Eriosh to study the graffiti and tombs.
With reference to the graffiti, one singular circumstance mentioned by De Rossi is worth repeating here.
There was a guardhouse at the front of the complex, but it was shuttered, abandoned, and graffiti tagged.Makers
Ali Hamid's son took us the next day on fast-trotting camels to visit some graffiti on basaltic rocks about eight miles distant.
- (sometimes with singular verb) drawings, messages, etc, often obscene, scribbled on the walls of public lavatories, advertising posters, etc
- archaeol inscriptions or drawings scratched or carved onto a surface, esp rock or pottery
Word Origin and History for graffiti
1851, for ancient wall inscriptions found in the ruins of Pompeii, from Italian graffiti, plural of graffito "a scribbling," a diminutive formation from graffio "a scratch or scribble," from graffiare "to scribble," ultimately from Greek graphein "to scratch, draw, write" (see -graphy). Sense extended 1877 to recently made crude drawings and scribbling.
singular of graffiti (q.v.).