Definition of handwriting in English:



  • 1Writing with a pen or pencil.

    • ‘I started reading what was scrawled across the page in handwriting that reminded me of his voice.’
    • ‘It was a photocopy of a letter written in curvy handwriting on lined paper.’
    • ‘It's a page torn from a school notebook, slanting scrawled handwriting on it.’
    • ‘She pulled it out, sharply taking in a breath as she read the lovely handwriting of the letter.’
    • ‘It had no label, only a sticker scrawled with illegible handwriting.’
    • ‘Still saves a human having to struggle to read the scrawl that passes for handwriting today.’
    • ‘We long for messages meant especially for us, scrawled in genuine handwriting.’
    • ‘Detailed computer print outs eliminate the need to unravel blurred handwriting.’
    • ‘Zoom in on the pages - read Leonardo's handwriting [handy mirror tool supplied].’
    • ‘Checking that no one observed her, Raychel unfolded the paper and found scrawling handwriting covering it.’
    • ‘Alert as ever he wrote me an interesting letter in copperplate handwriting.’
    • ‘Flourished, formal handwriting in black ink covered the page in uniform, letters.’
    • ‘I do not know whether any members have picked up off the table his amendment in hastily scrawled handwriting.’
    • ‘Do you remember how to do real handwriting or are you so rusty your scrawl resembles a doctor's prescription?’
    • ‘The other is a tabular document which contains some specific handwriting and printed information.’
    writing, script, hand, longhand, letters, pen
    penmanship, calligraphy, chirography
    scrawl, scribble
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    1. 1.1A person's particular style of writing.
      ‘her handwriting was small and neat’
      • ‘I sometimes try to write in between the pictures but my handwriting does not seem to suit the style.’
      • ‘The handwriting and style were that of a class geek that Jeremy probably bullied into writing.’
      • ‘And the style of your handwriting at that point of time could bare your soul in the presence of others.’
      • ‘Ever have one of those days where your handwriting looks better in pencil than it does in pen?’
      • ‘It was in the same scrawled handwriting as before, on a regular piece of VCC paper.’
      • ‘You can now have your own handwriting printed out via laser or inkjet in various colors.’
      • ‘It is from one of the Catalan's final faxes, when his handwriting was little more than a scrawl.’
      • ‘The pupils can write on the boards and see their handwriting turned into print and draw pictures on it, which can be transformed into a hard copy.’
      • ‘How about help with writing a note to a teacher or improving handwriting, reading and writing letters.’
      • ‘On top of mimicking drawings and my mum's handwriting, I also discovered a talent for vocal impressions.’
      • ‘She noticed some words scrawled in Dinah's handwriting at the top of her notes.’
      • ‘He produced a photocopy of the note, as well as a typewritten transcription of his handwriting.’
      • ‘It is claimed that the fresh crosses were made in the same handwriting and with the same blue pen.’
      • ‘We had Rogan copy the letter in his own handwriting and matched the outside carrier font to his writing.’
      • ‘He sat up and found that he had been laying on a letter with familiar handwriting which spelled out his name.’
      • ‘Don't dwell on handwriting and spelling, but read what your child actually has to say.’
      • ‘The hardest part was deciphering Jack's handwriting on the scribbled notes which told him which file was which.’
      • ‘You'd think that handwriting was easier to identify than typewriting.’
      • ‘Style, flair, neatness and layout of handwriting are the criteria that judges use to assess the entries.’