handwriting

[hand-rahy-ting]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. handwheel,
  2. handwork,
  3. handwoven,
  4. handwringing,
  5. handwrite,
  6. handwriting on the wall,
  7. handwritten,
  8. handwrought,
  9. handy,
  10. handy, w. c.

Idioms

    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

1375–1425; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing

handwrite

[hand-rahyt]

verb (used with object), hand·wrote or (Archaic) hand·writ; hand·writ·ten or (Archaic) hand·writ; hand·writ·ing.

to write (something) by hand.

Origin of handwrite

First recorded in 1840–50; back formation from handwriting

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British Dictionary definitions for handwriting

handwriting

noun

writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
a person's characteristic writing stylethat signature is in my handwriting
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Word Origin and History for handwriting

handwriting

n.

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