WYSIWYG

WYSIWYG

[wiz-ee-wig] Computers.
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or noting a screen display that shows text exactly as it will appear in printed output, including underlining, various typefaces, as italics, line spacing, end-of-line breaks, and paragraph indentations.
noun
2.
a WYSIWYG display: This program won't give you true WYSIWYG, but it does show boldface text and underlining.

Origin:
w(hat) y(ou) s(ee) i(s) w(hat) y(ou) g(et)

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WYSIWYG (ˈwɪzɪˌwɪɡ)
 
n acronym for, —adj acronym, —acronym for
what you see is what you get: referring to what is displayed on the screen being the same as what will be printed out

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wysiwyg
1982, computer programmer's acronym from what you see is what you get.
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Science Dictionary
WYSIWYG   (wĭz'ē-wĭg')  Pronunciation Key 
Short for what you see is what you get. A word-processing or desktop publishing system in which text is displayed on a monitor exactly as it will be printed.
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Slang Dictionary

What you see is what you get definition


  1. sent.
    The product you are looking at is exactly what you get if you buy it. : What you see is what you get. The ones in the box are just like this one.
  2. phr.
    and WYSIWYG. [ˈwɪsi wɪg]What you see on the screen is what will print on the printer. (Computers. Acronym.) : I need something that's WYSIWYG. I have no imagination.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

WYSIWYG definition


What You See Is What You Get

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
WYSIWYG
what you see is what you get
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