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penmanship

[pen-muh n-ship] /ˈpɛn mənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the art of handwriting; the use of the pen in writing.
2.
a person's style or manner of handwriting:
clear penmanship; poor penmanship.
Origin of penmanship
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; penman + -ship
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  • He asked me to judge the writer's character from the penmanship.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • You are to come three nights a week, for lessons in arithmetic and penmanship.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • We have prepared, for home study, books on bookkeeping, penmanship and shorthand.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • penmanship has always been one of my own deficiencies, and I know how to sympathize with you.

    Behind the Scenes Elizabeth Keckley
  • She did; and it affected his penmanship so that the writing grew wabbly.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • There are no other specimens of his penmanship in existence.

  • Haven't you got a sample of your father's penmanship anywhere, Hiram?

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • Bosco Blithers, professor of penmanship and author of “Pot-hooks and Hangers.”

    Three Hats

    Alfred Debrun
  • I never met his equal in penmanship, drawing, and designing.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for penmanship

penmanship

/ˈpɛnmənʃɪp/
noun
1.
style or technique of writing by hand Also called calligraphy
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Word Origin and History for penmanship
n.

1690s, from obsolete penman "copyist, clerk, scrivener" + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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