Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Writing done with the hand.
  • noun The writing characteristic of a particular person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography; penmanship.
  • noun That which is written by hand; manuscript.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography.
  • noun That which is written by hand; manuscript.
  • noun a doom pronounced; an omen of disaster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or process of writing done with the hand, rather than typed or word-processed.
  • noun The characteristic writing of a particular person.
  • noun Text that was written by hand.
  • verb Present participle of handwrite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the activity of writing by hand
  • noun something written by hand

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

hand +‎ writing

Examples

  • Nature's chief masterpiece is _writing well_: very profoundly informs his readers "That what is here said has not the least regard to the _penmanship_, that is, to the fairness or badness of the handwriting," and proceeds throughout a whole page, with a panegyric on a _fine handwriting_!

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  • Adding a handwritten signature to letters or even email can add a distinguising, memorable mark to your messages — and in cases like mine, that distinct memory is, “Boy, his handwriting is awful.”

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  • She was a nice old lady and she meant well, but as a result of this, I do everything with my left hand except writing, and my handwriting is appalling.

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  • She was a nice old lady and she meant well, but as a result of this, I do everything with my left hand except writing, and my handwriting is appalling.

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  • Upcoming delights for you: I'm going to hopefully do a voice post (god knows on what topic but I'll think of something) and a handwritten post (to show you all how atrocious my handwriting is these days), and a filmstrip post of Prague photos.

    The One With The Death Meme

  • "As more people lose writing skills and migrate to the computer, retraining people in handwriting skills could be a useful cognitive exercise."

    Handwriting Helps Brains

  • But Angie Pike, Zane's mom, persists, believing that handwriting is a building block to learning.

    Handwriting Helps Brains

  • Now for the clever part – thanks to built-in handwriting recognition software, it can then convert your handwriting into editable text – saving hours of writing time for those longhand first drafters.

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  • The handwriting is on the wall, for the (GOP) Judy Chu is headed to Washington and many more democrats will follow.

    Democrat wins battle of the Chus

  • I had a general sense that in the US, "feminine" handwriting is neater, more loopy, and in its most mockable form has little circles or hearts dotting each letter I.

    Boing Boing

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