1. the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer's character, personality, abilities, etc.
  2. Linguistics. the study of systems of writing; grammatology.

Origin of graphology

First recorded in 1875–80; grapho- + -logy
Related formsgraph·o·log·ic [graf-uh-loj-ik] /ˌgræf əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, graph·o·log·i·cal, adjectivegraph·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for graphologist


  1. the study of handwriting, esp to analyse the writer's character
  2. linguistics the study of writing systems
Derived Formsgraphologic (ˌɡræfəˈlɒdʒɪk) or graphological, adjectivegraphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for graphologist



"study of handwriting," 1882, from French graphologie, coined 1868 by Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon (1806-1881) from comb. form of Greek graphein "to write" (see -graphy) + logos "a speaking, a dealing with" (see logos). Especially, "character study based on handwriting" (1886).

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