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[lawng-hand, long-]
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  1. writing of the ordinary kind, in which words are written out in full (distinguished from shorthand).
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  1. using longhand: longhand writing.
  2. written in longhand: a longhand account of the meeting.
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Origin of longhand

First recorded in 1660–70; long1 + hand
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Historical Examples

  • Much of his work, while in the Berkshires, was done in longhand.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • I gave her a short dictation, which she took down in longhand.

    Dynamite Stories

    Hudson Maxim

  • Then, recovering from her abstraction, “I can write as fast in it now as in longhand.”

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Well, I wrote it out in longhand and carried it to the secretary and she typed it up.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • “It struck me as peculiar that it was written in longhand instead of on a typewriter,” Penny explained.

British Dictionary definitions for longhand


  1. ordinary handwriting, in which letters, words, etc, are set down in full, as opposed to shorthand or to typing
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Word Origin and History for longhand


also long-hand, of handwriting, 1660s, from long (adj.) + hand (n.).

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