handwriting

noun
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 The primary goal was to slow decline on a 48-point A.L.S. scale rating 12 physical abilities, including walking, speaking, swallowing, dressing, handwriting and breathing. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Results are not expected to be 100% accurate due to illegible handwriting and poor imaging. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Dave looked at the cover and recognized his father’s neat handwriting in all uppercase. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2022 But during the interview, a detective noticed the girl had a blue mark on her own hand, according to the report, which prompted police to search her bag and find a notebook with handwriting that matched the threat. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Feb. 2022 His typefaces, meticulously designed to resemble a more legible version of pen-and-ink handwriting, inspired a printer named Jean Jannon to create a similar type (also named after Garamond) in the early 17th century, eventually leading to a revival. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 But here they are each written out in Emily’s own handwriting, and the remarkable thing about the manuscript is that Emily also appears to have penned edits of her poems — and so perhaps did Charlotte. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 Her husband died in 2015 at age 92, so seeing his tidy handwriting again was like taking a trip back in time, said Gonsalves. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 But here they are each written out in Emily’s own handwriting, and the remarkable thing about the manuscript is that Emily also appears to have penned edits of her poems - and so perhaps did Charlotte. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

9 Apr 2022

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“Handwriting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwriting. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for handwriting

handwriting

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

Kids Definition of handwriting

: a person's writing

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