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 for handwriting


hand, penmanship, script

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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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William thanked the children for the card, and complimented their handwriting. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince George Is Gifted a Toy Helicopter by London's Air Ambulance Charity," 9 Jan. 2019 Pierce says three people have reported their petition signatures were forgeries and a forensic handwriting expert has questioned the authenticity of dozens of petition signatures. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Ousted gay Texas council member sues over recall defeat," 20 Nov. 2018 Cursive handwriting lessons, dropped by some Aurora public schools, will once again return to the classroom next school year. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora schools preparing to once again teach cursive handwriting," 13 June 2018 Analyzing everything from changes in personal style, arm freckle pattern, handwriting, and eye shape, to Avril’s choice of words and punctuation on Twitter, fans have built a serious case for some of kind of switcheroo. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Avril Lavigne Called the Doppelgänger Conspiracy Theory About Her Death "So Weird"," 2 Nov. 2018 Thomas County Clerk Shelly Harms said it’s possible that her handwriting on the tally sheet faxed to the secretary of state’s office was bad enough in the rush of primary-night business that the number for Colyer wasn’t clear. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Kobach's lead over Colyer in Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary falls to 91 votes," 9 Aug. 2018 The handwriting of hard working and well educated immigrant parent. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "This 18-Year-Old DREAMer’s Heartbreaking Note From Her Mom Is Going Viral," 6 Sep. 2017 Apart from their body language, handwriting experts (also known as graphologists) say that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's signatures can tell a lot about their personalities and married life together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Kate Middleton and Prince William's Signatures Reveal About Their Marriage," 9 Aug. 2018 Some of the reports were even written in the boys’ own awkward handwriting. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "No, those weren’t the good old days. A rant about ‘homos’ aimed at a kid reminds us why.," 24 May 2018

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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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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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