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[pen-muh n-ship] /ˈpɛn mənˌʃɪp/
the art of handwriting; the use of the pen in writing.
a person's style or manner of handwriting:
clear penmanship; poor penmanship.
1685-95; penman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for penmanship
  • Also, if making a hand-written entry, use good penmanship and write legibly.
  • Hey, considering it was a teacher's college, don't knock courses in standardized penmanship.
  • But we're not going to criticize the penmanship involved in writing with a jumbo jet.
  • penmanship is taught and final drafts are written in the student's best penmanship.
  • Pupils practice penmanship and perform arithmetic problems using slates.
  • Great emphasis was placed on phonics and penmanship.
  • Molly practices her penmanship with her slate and slate pencil in the one-room schoolhouse.
  • But the computerized systems do more than eliminate poor penmanship.
  • Hugh mentioned that he mainly taught his students music and penmanship.
  • In language arts, his work was hampered by poor spelling and sloppy penmanship.
British Dictionary definitions for penmanship


style or technique of writing by hand Also called calligraphy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for penmanship

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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