penmanship

noun
pen·​man·​ship | \ ˈpen-mən-ˌship How to pronounce penmanship (audio) \

Definition of penmanship

1 : the art or practice of writing with the pen
2 : quality or style of handwriting

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Examples of penmanship in a Sentence

My third grade teacher thought it was important for us to learn penmanship. doctors are famous for their illegible penmanship
Recent Examples on the Web Hoye, 61, has long worked closely with Kast, whose scorebook is the official record and whose penmanship is precise. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "His Job Is Counting Stephen Curry’s 3-Pointers. You’d Retire, Too.," 8 Jan. 2021 The penmanship appears similar, and the same two vulgarities were used and underlined in both notes. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista’s OnStage Playhouse reports threatening note over Black Lives Matter support," 28 Nov. 2020 This man, who grew up in Ashtabula County, Ohio, developed a system of penmanship used in schools across the U.S. in the 1860s. cleveland, "Public health experts can’t guarantee a nighttime curfew will push COVID-19 cases down: Capitol Letter," 20 Nov. 2020 The beginning has coloring pages that transition into tracing, allowing a child to work on penmanship skills. Alexa Vickaryous, Dallas News, "Latina mom and daughter create stock market workbook to help families of color build wealth," 9 Nov. 2020 The League feared that without a court order, some otherwise-valid ballots could go uncounted because of technicalities or poor penmanship. Linda Satter, Arkansas Online, "Judge denies request on ballot signatures in Arkansas," 27 Oct. 2020 At first, insurance, banking, and finance sectors led the need for skilled clerks with good penmanship. Nicole Kay Peterson, Quartz at Work, "How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office," 23 Oct. 2020 At first, insurance, banking and finance sectors led the need for skilled clerks with good penmanship. Nicole Kay Peterson, The Conversation, "How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office," 15 Oct. 2020 Plus, toying with sensory squishies, mushies, and gooshies can build cognitive skills and may even help kids with their penmanship. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How slimes and squishies soothe children in times of stress," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of penmanship

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of penmanship was in 1695

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15 Jan 2021

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“Penmanship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penmanship. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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penmanship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of penmanship

formal
: the art or practice of writing by hand
: the quality or style of someone's handwriting

penmanship

noun
pen·​man·​ship | \ ˈpen-mən-ˌship How to pronounce penmanship (audio) \

Kids Definition of penmanship

: style or quality of handwriting

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