American English

Definition of handwriting noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1writing that is done with a pen or pencil, not printed or typed
  2. 2a person's particular style of writing in this way I can't read his handwriting. neat handwriting
  3. Idioms
    the writing is on the wall, see the writing on the wall, the handwriting on the wall (saying)
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    used when you are describing a situation in which there are signs that something is going to have problems or that it is going to be a failure It is amazing that not one of them saw the writing on the wall. From the Bible story in which strange writing appeared on a wall during a feast given by King Belshazzar, predicting Belshazzar's death and the fall of his city.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: handwriting