hand·​writ·​ing | \ ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce handwriting (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Infrared light rendered the contours of the handwriting easier to identify. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Who Scribbled This Cryptic Graffiti on ‘The Scream’?," 24 Feb. 2021 Rohan saw an example of Marie Antoinette’s actual handwriting and realized with a shock that his letters from the queen looked completely different. Tori Telfer, refinery29.com, "The Sordid Tale Of The Woman Who Scammed Marie-Antoinette," 23 Feb. 2021 Along with Davis’ colorful yet ghostly illustrations, the comics will feature text presented in the style of Lewis’ own handwriting, rather than any sort of standard comic typeface. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "The Toadies make more than just music: New coffee and comic hit the shelves," 3 Feb. 2021 Even cursive handwriting can challenge the newer generation of historians. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Plantation tours bypass the ‘big house’ to focus on the enslaved," 15 Jan. 2021 Scholars have found several examples of ostraca that fit together, as if broken from an old pot on site, with matching handwriting as well, suggesting some Athenians helped their friends and neighbors write down their vote. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient Greeks Voted to Kick Politicians Out of Athens If Enough People Didn’t Like Them," 27 Oct. 2020 Here's how the tradition is changing during COVID-19 When the family lost Jeff to prostate cancer in 2014, the handwriting on the back of Santa became one of many sentimental things tied to the family patriarch. Marina Affo, USA TODAY, "Santa comes home: How social media helped this Delaware family reunite with beloved Christmas decoration," 6 Dec. 2020 The handwriting was familiar, and the coding style too. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker," 12 Jan. 2021 Emin is best known for her intense autobiographical work across many mediums, baring her soul in fabric, film, photography, wood, found objects and her own handwriting in bright neon. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Tracey Emin’s New Margate Home and Studio, Revealed for the First Time," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of handwriting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handwriting was in the 15th century

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4 Mar 2021

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“Handwriting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwriting. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handwriting

: the way a person's writing looks


hand·​writ·​ing | \ ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce handwriting (audio) \

Kids Definition of handwriting

: a person's writing

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