[ kur-siv ]
/ ˈkɜr sɪv /


(of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together.
Printing. in flowing strokes resembling handwriting.


a cursive letter or character.
Printing. a style of typeface simulating handwriting.

Origin of cursive

1775–85; < Medieval Latin cursīvus flowing (said of penmanship), equivalent to Latin curs(us) (past participle of currere to run) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for cursive

/ (ˈkɜːsɪv) /


of or relating to handwriting in which letters are formed and joined in a rapid flowing style
printing of or relating to typefaces that resemble handwriting


a cursive letter or printing type
a manuscript written in cursive letters

Derived forms of cursive

cursively, adverb

Word Origin for cursive

C18: from Medieval Latin cursīvus running, ultimately from Latin currere to run
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