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A handwritten list of Anglican bishops of England, probably copied from a 17th-century book called Angliæ Notitia, or The Present State of England

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hand +‎ writing


  • IPA(key): /ˈhændɹaɪtɪŋ/
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  • Hyphenation: hand‧writ‧ing


handwriting (usually uncountable, plural handwritings)

  1. The act or process of writing done with the hand, rather than typed or word-processed.
  2. Text that was written by hand.
  3. 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[1]:
      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"[2]:
      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[3]:
      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.
  4. (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.


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  1. present participle and gerund of handwrite