long·​hand | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhand How to pronounce longhand (audio) \

Definition of longhand

: handwriting: such as
a : characters or words written out fully by hand
b : cursive writing

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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 Write longhand, stream of consciousness, without editing. Janine Maclachlan, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Joan Atkinson points out that Steinbeck almost exclusively wrote his letters in longhand with a pencil. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 June 2021 In longhand, of course. Vognar is a freelance writer based in Houston. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Turkle doesn’t scribble these theories out longhand in a house off the grid. Corinne Purtill, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2021 Instead of dwelling on them, write them out longhand; this will slow down and moderate their frenetic pace. Katherine Cusumano, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2020 An award went to a young scientist who discovered that lecture notes taken longhand are more likely to be remembered than lecture notes taken on a keyboard. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, 1 Mar. 2020 From there, the talk finally turned to the book, with the co-authors chatting about the experience of writing a book together for the first time - a process Chelsea Clinton said was made more difficult by her mother's insistence on writing longhand. Brittany Shammas, chicagotribune.com, 1 Oct. 2019 In addition, laptop note takers fail to note vital graphic information, such as graphs, charts, and illustrations, which longhand note takers easily record in notes. Kenneth A. Kiewra, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of longhand

1666, in the meaning defined above

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“Longhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhand. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of longhand

: writing that is done by using a pen or pencil rather than with a typewriter or computer


long·​hand | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhand How to pronounce longhand (audio) \

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