longhand

noun

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

Example Sentences

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 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 The technology on hand doesn’t seem to extend much beyond VHS, and Argento’s stubborn scribe writes in longhand on legal pads or on an ancient small green typewriter. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 The Virgo author, a former PEN America president, learned to read at three; writes novels in longhand on legal pads before typing into a computer; is a cat rescuer/fosterer and gardener/composter; is the fourth Shelf Lifer who was a Jeopardy! ELLE, 5 Apr. 2022 Instead, they’re told to tell their supervisor verbally what happened or write it longhand. Jason Dearen, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Instead, they’re told to tell their supervisor verbally what happened or write it longhand. Jason Dearen, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Bowles was disciplined about her writing, done in longhand on legal pads at her desk with a view of the bay. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 Resettled in the capital, Souter did his best to live without fuss, to jog, to eat his apples, core and all, to write longhand by natural light. Joshua Prager, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

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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 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

longhand

noun

long·​hand ˈlȯŋ-ˌhand How to pronounce longhand (audio)
1
: the characters or words written out fully by hand
2
: cursive writing

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