- the art of handwriting; the use of the pen in writing.
- a person's style or manner of handwriting: clear penmanship; poor penmanship.
Origin of penmanship
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Examples from the Web for penmanship
No trace of his penmanship was to be found—a very handy tip for future use.The Bag Lady Papers, Part V
February 5, 2009
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
She did; and it affected his penmanship so that the writing grew wabbly.Iole
Robert W. Chambers
- style or technique of writing by handAlso called: calligraphy
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Word Origin and History for penmanship
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