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penmanship

[pen-muh n-ship]
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noun
  1. the art of handwriting; the use of the pen in writing.
  2. a person's style or manner of handwriting: clear penmanship; poor penmanship.
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Origin of penmanship

First recorded in 1685–95; penman + -ship
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Examples from the Web for penmanship

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  • He asked me to judge the writer's character from the penmanship.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • You are to come three nights a week, for lessons in arithmetic and penmanship.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • We have prepared, for home study, books on bookkeeping, penmanship and shorthand.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

    Robert L. Taylor

  • Penmanship has always been one of my own deficiencies, and I know how to sympathize with you.

    Behind the Scenes

    Elizabeth Keckley

  • She did; and it affected his penmanship so that the writing grew wabbly.

    Iole

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for penmanship

penmanship

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

n.

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

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