hand·writ·ing | \ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ \

Definition of handwriting 

1 : writing done by hand especially : the form of writing peculiar to a particular person

2 : something written by hand

handwriting on the wall

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Synonyms & Antonyms for handwriting


calligraphy, longhand, manuscript, penmanship, script


print, type, typewriting

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Examples of handwriting in a Sentence

Her handwriting is nearly impossible to read. she immediately recognized the handwriting on the envelope as that of her old college roommate

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The contract signed between Atesiano and Thomas Harrison was penned in handwriting with a royal blue magic marker on a single sheet of white paper. Charles Rabin And Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Ex-police chief, 2 officers framed teen for burglaries in tiny Miami town, feds say," 11 June 2018 Midyears are coming and people can look at the handwriting on the wall—at my race—and other races like it. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Some GOP Lawmakers Seek to Rein In Trump on Trade," 13 July 2018 The Crosby Street loft was on the second floor, and visitors would either hit the buzzer, which Basquiat had labeled tar in trademark Samo handwriting, or call up from the street. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Professor Ernesto Solari worked with handwriting expert Ivana Bonfantino to analyze the majolica tile. James Rogers, Fox News, "Leonardo da Vinci's earliest work discovered?," 22 June 2018 The proof is Armstrong's handwritten note, which has been authenticated by a handwriting expert, McHugh said. Kristine Phillips, ajc, "Neil Armstrong gave her a vial of moon dust, she says. She's suing so NASA won't take it.," 12 June 2018 Arpaio claimed that the certificate was forged and cited a lab in Italy and handwriting expert in Hawaii, according to the Los Angeles Times. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Joe Arpaio suggests he'd revive 'birther' theory if elected to Senate," 28 Mar. 2018 Finco said students learn a vast variety of programs from Spanish, art, science, movement, yoga, reading and handwriting, among other subjects. Maryann Pisano, chicagotribune.com, "'Education-focused': Little Newtons set to open in Elmwood Park," 26 Mar. 2018 Eventually, researchers at the museum were able to verify the bottle, ship, the handwriting, and the stationary. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Century-Old Message in a Bottle Helps Complete 19th Century Science Experiment," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of handwriting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of handwriting

: the way a person's writing looks


hand·writ·ing | \ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of handwriting

: a person's writing

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one that holds something together

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