griffonage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French

Noun[edit]

griffonage (plural griffonages)

  1. (rare) Careless handwriting; A crude or illegible scrawl.
    • 1832, Frances Milton Trollope, “Domestic Manners of the Americans”: 
      "We hastened to pack up our ‘trumpery’..and among the rest, my six hundred pages of griffonage."
    • 1834, Maria Edgeworth, Helen:
      There was a heap of little crumpled bills which, with Felicie's griffonage, Helen had thrown into her table-drawer.
    • 1838, C. M'Farlane, Esq., “The Lives and Exploits of Banditti and Robbers in all Parts of the World”, The Quarterly Review, volume CXXI: 
      He gave a sort of passport, a συμβολον ξενικον, authenticated with such a portentous griffonage as would have done credit to Ali Pacha.