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[hand-rahy-ting] /ˈhændˌraɪ tɪŋ/
writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
a style or manner of writing by hand, especially that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship:
an eccentric handwriting.
a handwritten document; manuscript.
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; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing


[hand-rahyt] /ˈhændˌraɪt/
verb (used with object), handwrote or (Archaic) handwrit; handwritten or (Archaic) handwrit; handwriting.
to write (something) by hand.
First recorded in 1840-50; back formation from handwriting Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
a person's characteristic writing style: that signature is in my handwriting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for handwriting

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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