[ rahy-ting ]
/ ˈraɪ tɪŋ /


Nearby words

  1. writer's block,
  2. writer's cramp,
  3. writerly,
  4. writhe,
  5. writhen,
  6. writing case,
  7. writing desk,
  8. writing hand,
  9. writing on the wall,
  10. writing paper


    writing on the wall. handwriting(def 4).

Origin of writing

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at write, -ing1

Related formsself-writ·ing, adjectiveun·writ·ing, adjective


[ rahyt ]
/ raɪt /

verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

verb (used without object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

Verb Phrases

Origin of write

before 900; Middle English writen, Old English wrītan; cognate with Old Saxon wrītan to cut, write, German reissen to tear, draw, Old Norse rīta to score, write

Related formsmis·write, verb (used with object), mis·wrote, mis·writ·ten, mis·writ·ing.

Can be confusedright rite wright write

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British Dictionary definitions for writing


/ (ˈraɪtɪŋ) /


Word Origin for writing

sense 8: allusion to Daniel 5:5


/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written

Derived Formswritable, adjective

Word Origin for write

Old English wrītan (originally: to scratch runes into bark); related to Old Frisian wrīta, Old Norse rīta, Old High German rīzan (German reissen to tear)

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Word Origin and History for writing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with writing


In addition to the idioms beginning with write

  • write down
  • write in
  • write off
  • write one's own ticket
  • write out
  • write up

also see:

  • nothing to write home about

Also see underwrote.

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