[ gra-fol-uh-jee ]
/ græˈfɒl ə dʒi /


the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer's character, personality, abilities, etc.
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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for graphology


/ (ɡræˈfɒlədʒɪ) /


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



"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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