The process of writing something with a pen or pencil is handwriting. And you can call the way you write your handwriting too. By the time you finish the handwriting of a hundred Christmas cards, your handwriting will probably be illegible.

When you're taking notes or working on your novel, your process can involve typing, dictating, or handwriting — scrawling on a piece of paper with a pen. Your typical style of scrawl is also called your handwriting — it's the script in which you write. Doctors are kind of famous for having terrible handwriting, while elementary school teachers tend to have very tidy, legible handwriting.

Definitions of handwriting

n the activity of writing by hand

handwriting can be slow and painful for one with arthritis”
the act or art of writing in shorthand
the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document)
execution, execution of instrument
(law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable
Type of:
committal to writing, writing
the activity of putting something in written form

n something written by hand

“she recognized his handwriting
hand, script
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shorthand, stenography, tachygraphy
a method of writing rapidly
cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand
rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
calligraphy, chirography, penmanship
beautiful handwriting
cacography, scratch, scrawl, scribble
poor handwriting
a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
a graceful style of handwriting based on the writing used on copperplate engravings
a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
round hand
a clearly written style of longhand with large round curves
chicken scratch
cramped or illegible handwriting
an illegible scrawl
Type of:
letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language

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