long·​hand ˈlȯŋ-ˌhand How to pronounce longhand (audio)
: handwriting: such as
: characters or words written out fully by hand
: cursive writing

Examples of longhand in a Sentence

She wrote the book in longhand. my computer was down for most of the afternoon, so I wrote out my report in longhand
Recent Examples on the Web And while other companies began to digitize operations, Samyang’s employees did their books in longhand. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Put to task by Aboriginal elders, her job was to take down their every word in longhand. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The final, one of Brown’s first in college, required him to write the formulas on paper longhand, rather than typing them in a cell on computer spreadsheet, which can serve as a guide for the data to be input. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 Another team oversaw the registration of evacuees, writing their names in longhand in a ledger. James Verini, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2022 Very solid reporting by Brandon Keim Blind woman writing a novel longhand didn't know her pen had run out. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2012 Like his eerie adult stories of revenge and comeuppance, his children’s books required many drafts, scribbled longhand on yellow legal pads. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2022 Unplug for the afternoon and write some good, old-fashioned longhand letters. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 7 Oct. 2022 As a magazine publisher familiar with the travails of manual typesetting and longhand bookkeeping, the Brand of the early 1980s found word processors and spreadsheets the most immediately mind-blowing feature of PCs. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 14 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of longhand was in 1666

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“Longhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhand. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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long·​hand ˈlȯŋ-ˌhand How to pronounce longhand (audio)
: the characters or words written out fully by hand
: cursive writing

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