See also: hand-writing
- hand-writing (archaic)
handwriting (usually uncountable, plural handwritings)
- The act or process of writing done with the hand, rather than typed or word-processed.
- Text that was written by hand.
- The characteristic writing of a particular person.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, pages 284–285:
- He took up the letter: well did he know the delicate and graceful handwriting; but he saw that the characters were tremulous, and it had obviously been written at different times.
- 1895, F. Marion Crawford, Taquisara:
- It was still early in the morning when Elettra brought her a letter, bearing the postmark of the city, and addressed in one of those small, clear handwritings which seem naturally to belong to scholars and students.
- 1893, Joseph B. Lightfoot, Essays on "Supernatural Religion":
- In some handwritings of the seventh or eighth century, where the letters have a round form, the substitution of OT for EG would be far from difficult.
- 1914, P. S. Allen, The Age of Erasmus:
- Great libraries are only just beginning to gather up the manuscript minutiae which their books contain; to identify handwritings; to decipher monograms; to collect facts.
- (by extension) A characteristic trait or hallmark by which somebody may be recognised.
- 2013, Chris Payne, High Crimes And Low Stakes: Chris Payne, page 259:
- And, my friend believes, Armedov is getting paid by...? Yes, our friends at Langley! CIA handwriting all over it, he reckons!
- 2016, Nilgin Yusuf, Fashion's Front Line, page 112:
- The show needs to portray the designer's handwriting but it should also be innovative too.
- (the act or process of writing done by hand): longhand
- (text written by hand): manuscript
- (characteristic writing of a person): chirography, autograph, penmanship
act or process of writing with the hand
characteristic writing of a particular person
text written by hand