Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or being a computer system in which the screen displays text and graphics exactly as they will be printed.

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  • initialism what you see is what you get.
  • noun computing Software that allows editing on screen what the printed version would be like; software with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get display interface.

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  • adjective relating to or being a word processing system that prints the text exactly as it appears on the computer screen

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[w(hat) y(ou) s(ee) i(s) w(hat) y(ou) g(et).]

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Coined by John Seybold and popularized at Xerox PARC during the late 1970s.

Examples

  • Well, yes, WYSIWYG, that is exactly what it means, and if we allow ourselves just a second's further reflection, we realize what a terrible and devastating admission it is.

    Was the Air Force One Flyover a Warning to Obama?

  • For this reason, they're frequently called WYSIWYG or "what you see is what you get" editors.

    The AdSense API: All grown up and ready to play

  • For this reason, they're frequently called WYSIWYG or "what you see is what you get" editors.

    Wysi-what?

  • Steve and Chiara Rosenblum have assembled abstract pieces by young artists for a show titled "WYSIWYG" at their "Rosenblum Collection & Friends," presenting Jacob Kassay, Sterling Ruby and a premiere of commissioned sculptures by Aaron Young.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Hiring a WYSIWYG is an easy choice, but I don't think being a WYSIWYG is the best option.

    Planet TW

  • One popular way to build your own site is by using a so-called WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website editor.

    columbiatribune.com stories

  • Paul is a laid-back Californian guy, the proprietor of a fashionable restaurant called WYSIWYG, a title which may or may or not be ironic.

    The Guardian World News

  • Hiring a WYSIWYG is an easy choice, but I don't think being a WYSIWYG is the best option.

    Planet TW

  • Hiring a WYSIWYG is an easy choice, but I don't think being a WYSIWYG is the best option.

    Planet TW

  • Hiring a WYSIWYG is an easy choice, but I don't think being a WYSIWYG is the best option.

    Planet TW

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  • Pronounced "wizzy-wig".

    December 20, 2012

  • see also wysiwyg.

    December 20, 2012