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round hand

noun
1.
a style of handwriting in which the letters are round, full, and clearly separated.
Origin of round hand
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85
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  • The fellow was a round hand hitter, but so strong that he needed watching.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • He insisted that I should write a plain, simple, round hand, which I did.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • How vividly I recall the round hand in which those words were written!

  • There is no doubt that George's book of problems, copied in his clear, round hand, did considerable secret service in this way.

  • On the back of the envelope—though of course the youth did not see this—was written in a large, round hand, “C. Jasper, $2500.”

  • He wrote a large, round hand, which was enough to convince any one who saw it that he was or had been a schoolmaster.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • "She writes a good letter, considering that she sees so dimly;" and Amy called Martine's attention to the clear, round hand.

    Amy in Acadia Helen Leah Reed
  • The writing is a beautiful early gothic of the transition period between the Carolingian round hand and the medival square gothic.

    Palaeography Bernard Quaritch
  • This is probably a development of the round hand, and in course of time became the Irish national hand.

  • I have seen the registers; she has signed in a full, round hand, without bad spelling.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for round hand

round hand

noun
1.
a style of handwriting with large rounded curves Compare italic, copperplate (sense 3)
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