from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Displaying the properties of bad spelling or bad handwriting or both.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or characterized by, cacography; badly written or spelled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to cacography or bad writing; ill-written.
  • Pertaining to or characterized by bad spelling; wrongly spelled.


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  • Discussions between Shannon and Nicodemus and a class that cacographic latter lectures serve to enrich the history and environment of Spellwright without resorting to the tedium of worldbuilding.

    The Daily: May 6, 2010

  • I suggested that KO should retort that "yellow legal pad" believes that "cocktail napkin with cacographic scrawl" was in fact correct.

    Lionel: Olbermann Versus O'Reilly: It's a Shoot

  • Any teacher, at whatever level, might have experienced a jolt of recognition on looking at Gordon Brown's cacographic scrawl, drawing the astonished question: "Is the most powerful man in Britain dyslexic - and if so, how on earth did he keep it secret so long?"

    Ephems of BLB

  • * These misspellings, or “cacographic” variations, were a little different from the phonetic vernacular used by the Southern “frame” writers and Sam Clemens’s “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass,” in that they seemed aimed less at mimicking the sounds of a distinct regional dialect than the capricious misspellings of an uneducated man.

    Mark Twain


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