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[lawng-hand, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌhænd, ˈlɒŋ-/
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
1660-70; long1 + hand Unabridged
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Examples from the web for longhand
  • The blue whale writes a kind of longhand on the surface of the sea.
  • He self-published the story this year, virtually unchanged from the manuscript he had scribbled in longhand.
  • He loved the sheer act of it, writing every morning and always in longhand.
  • Easier to write on computers than by longhand or with typewriters, where a single revision required lengthy retyping.
  • One easy way to stop students downloading student papers is to make them write them out longhand while you are watching them.
  • People once copied quotations longhand of writers they hoped to emulate.
  • My longhand has remained borderline illegible since first grade.
  • She avoids the typewriter or computer, writing in longhand with ball-point pen.
  • He/she will have a computer available to use, but may write the essay or memo in longhand.
  • These short notes can usually be made on a standard form more easily than they can be written in longhand.
British Dictionary definitions for longhand


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

also long-hand, of handwriting, 1660s, from long (adj.) + hand (n.).

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