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[hand-rahy-ting] /ˈhændˌraɪ tɪŋ/
writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
a style or manner of writing by hand, especially that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship:
an eccentric handwriting.
a handwritten document; manuscript.
handwriting on the wall, a premonition, portent, or clear indication, especially of failure or disaster:
The company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy.
Also, writing on the wall.
Origin of handwriting
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing


[hand-rahyt] /ˈhændˌraɪt/
verb (used with object), handwrote or (Archaic) handwrit; handwritten or (Archaic) handwrit; handwriting.
to write (something) by hand.
1840-50; back formation from handwriting Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for handwriting
  • It also reminds me of how bad my handwriting has become since the digital age rolled in.
  • Computers can play a pretty good game of chess, transliterate speech and recognise handwriting and faces.
  • The post office can still decipher his handwriting, and deliver the letter to his intended recipient.
  • In this study, he recruited volunteers on the pretense that they were needed for a handwriting study.
  • Those who had learned the letters by handwriting came out best in all tests.
  • Or a pharmacist dispenses the wrong drug because he misreads the doctor's handwriting on the prescription.
  • Sadly, his handwriting doesn't have the same precision as his drawings.
  • Reading someone's handwriting can be incredibly intimate and revealing, perhaps especially in an age of e-mail and texting.
  • Our handwriting was the only thing that separated us, the only way to determine which section was whose.
  • He scribbled some notes on a blank page in spidery handwriting.
British Dictionary definitions for handwriting


writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
a person's characteristic writing style: that signature is in my handwriting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for handwriting

c.1500, from hand (n.) + writing, translating Latin manuscriptum. Hand in the sense of "handwriting, style of writing" is from late 14c.

An ordinary note in his [Horace Greeley's] handwriting is said to have been used for a long time as a railroad pass, then as a servant's recommendation, and finally taken to a drug-store as a doctor's prescription. ["Frank Leslie's Magazine," August 1884]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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handwriting in the Bible

(Col. 2:14). The "blotting out the handwriting" is the removal by the grace of the gospel of the condemnation of the law which we had broken.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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