long·​hand | \ˈlȯŋ-ˌhand \

Definition of longhand 

: handwriting: such as

a : characters or words written out fully by hand

b : cursive writing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for longhand


calligraphy, handwriting, manuscript, penmanship, script


print, type, typewriting

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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

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Those anecdotes were later stitched together, alongside journal entries and his own longhand writings. Washington Post, "Nick Nolte looks back on his movie roles, drugs, mug shots," 12 Apr. 2018 Unlike cooking or golf, where all the expensive equipment in the world won’t mask an inherent lack of skill, the right pen can make all the difference with your longhand. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Pens Under $10 Will Make Your Handwriting Legible," 25 June 2018 The authors, both of whom favor writing in longhand, spent a year passing handwritten drafts back and forth. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s New Novel Is Worth a Read—But Not Just for the Plot," 4 June 2018 Plus, people had to take time to write them all down with a typewriter or in longhand back then. Todd Shields, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Elaine Conrad, a past president of St. Anne Women’s Club in Barrington," 19 Apr. 2018 Right after the storm, in her unlit office, Ms. De Feria wrote out a plea for help in longhand. Joseph B. Treaster, New York Times, "Art Museums in Puerto Rico Face Long and Expensive Recovery," 8 Mar. 2018 Every day from roughly 10 until 1, Pullman sits at his desk in a monkish study at the top of the house and produces three pages, longhand. Sophie Elmhirst, New York Times, "Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World," 12 Oct. 2017 For much of his adult life, Wilbur wrote every day, in longhand, then transcribed his work on a manual typewriter. Hillel Italie, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dies at 96," 15 Oct. 2017 For much of his adult life, Wilbur wrote every day, in longhand, then transcribed his work on a manual typewriter. Hillel Italie, Time, "Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Has Died at 96," 15 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of longhand

1666, in the meaning defined above

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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


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