penmanship

[ pen-muh n-ship ]
/ ˈpɛn mənˌʃɪp /

noun

the art of handwriting; the use of the pen in writing.
a person's style or manner of handwriting: clear penmanship; poor penmanship.

Origin of penmanship

First recorded in 1685–95; penman + -ship
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British Dictionary definitions for penmanship

penmanship

/ (ˈpɛnmənʃɪp) /

noun

style or technique of writing by handAlso called: calligraphy
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Word Origin and History for penmanship

penmanship


n.

1690s, from obsolete penman "copyist, clerk, scrivener" + -ship.

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