Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An incorrect spelling; a spelling different from accepted spelling.
  • n. Spelling in which a particular letter represents more than one possible sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That method of spelling in which the same letters represent different sounds in different words, as in the ordinary English orthography; e. g., g in get and in ginger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Heterogeneous spelling; the use of the same letter or letters with different powers in different positions or in different words, as of c in call and cell, ough in rough, dough, and hough, etc.
  • n. The writing of another word instead of the one intended by the writer: analogous to heterophemy.

Etymologies

hetero- + -graphy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The good mother -- had she not endeared herself to the modern reader by the affectionate gentleness and the quaint glimpses of domestic life that her family letters reveal -- would be irresistible by the ingeniously bad spelling in which she reveled, transgressing even the wide limits then allowed to feminine heterography.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 6

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