[lawng-hand, long-]


writing of the ordinary kind, in which words are written out in full (distinguished from shorthand).


using longhand: longhand writing.
written in longhand: a longhand account of the meeting.

Origin of longhand

First recorded in 1660–70; long1 + hand
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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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