Origin of typewriting

First recorded in 1865–70; typewrit(er) + -ing1


verb (used with or without object), type·wrote, type·writ·ten, type·writ·ing.
  1. to write by means of a typewriter; type.

Origin of typewrite

First recorded in 1885–90; back formation from typewriter
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Examples from the Web for typewriting

Historical Examples of typewriting

  • I expect that before long I shall have to take to typewriting.

  • He said he was a journalist and asked me to buy him a typewriting machine.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • If you want me to, I'll go at stenography and typewriting at once.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • "I'd do it in a minute if the boy knew shorthand and typewriting," he told himself.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • But I don't know a blooming thing about stenography or typewriting.


    Alice Hegan Rice

British Dictionary definitions for typewriting


  1. the act or skill of using a typewriter
  2. copy produced by a typewriter; typescript


verb -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written
  1. to write by means of a typewriter; type
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