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handwriting

[hand-rahy-ting] /ˈhændˌraɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
2.
a style or manner of writing by hand, especially that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship:
an eccentric handwriting.
3.
a handwritten document; manuscript.
Idioms
4.
handwriting on the wall, a premonition, portent, or clear indication, especially of failure or disaster:
The company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy.
Also, writing on the wall.
Origin of handwriting
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing

handwrite

[hand-rahyt] /ˈhændˌraɪt/
verb (used with object), handwrote or (Archaic) handwrit; handwritten or (Archaic) handwrit; handwriting.
1.
to write (something) by hand.
Origin
First recorded in 1840-50; back formation from handwriting
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Examples from the Web for handwriting
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  • I can show it to you, if you desire it, in my father's handwriting.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I have seen the letter; it is in Captain Rushton's handwriting.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • His handwriting does not run quite as far as the queen's writ in this country yet.

  • His articles had been typewritten and she had never seen his handwriting.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • And I saw that the address, scrawled in pencil, was in Anthony's handwriting.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for handwriting

handwriting

/ˈhændˌraɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
2.
a person's characteristic writing style: that signature is in my handwriting
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Word Origin and History for handwriting
n.

c.1500, from hand (n.) + writing, translating Latin manuscriptum. Hand in the sense of "handwriting, style of writing" is from late 14c.

An ordinary note in his [Horace Greeley's] handwriting is said to have been used for a long time as a railroad pass, then as a servant's recommendation, and finally taken to a drug-store as a doctor's prescription. ["Frank Leslie's Magazine," August 1884]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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