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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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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There are vintage photos on the walls, plus an original stone fireplace anchoring the lobby and a logo inspired by the handwriting of a past owner’s wife. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Long Weekend on Whidbey Island, the Playground of the Pacific Northwest," 10 July 2019 Regrets, anguish, and hope emanated from the handwriting. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 Meduza says that the handwriting on notes in police photographs does not appear to match Mr Golunov’s. The Economist, "A journalist’s arrest is a worrying sign of impunity in Russia," 7 June 2019 Through practice, your handwriting becomes your own, testifying to your identity. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 But the artifacts are dwarfed by thousands of note cards covered in minuscule cursive handwriting. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak," 24 June 2019 Using some sort of magic, Etsy shop IME JEWELRY copies your handwriting to make this one-of-a-kind, best-selling piece. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Handwriting Bracelets Are the Perfect Gift for Mom," 20 Apr. 2019 For the seventh year in a row, State Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, introduced a bill that would require Indiana elementary schools to teach cursive handwriting. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Cursive writing crusade begins again, becoming this lawmaker's signature issue," 4 Jan. 2018 Sara, who in April won the Nicholas Maxim Award of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest for cursive handwriting, threw the pitch to fellow Frederick native and Orioles reliever Branden Kline. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "10-year-old Sara Hinsley, born without hands, throws out first pitch at Orioles game," 29 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce handwriting (audio) \

Kids Definition of handwriting

: a person's writing

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