- 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
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Examples from the Web for longhand
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
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.
- 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
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