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Handwriting and spelling

calligraphy

noun

beautiful writing done using special pens or brushes

crabbed

adjective

crabbed writing is written in small letters that are very close together and difficult to read

cursive

adjective

cursive handwriting is written with each letter of a word joined to the next letter. Children refer to this as joined-up writing.

decipher

verb

to succeed in reading untidy or careless writing

graphology

noun

the science of studying people’s handwriting in order to learn about their character

hand

noun

someone’s handwriting

handwriting

noun

the particular way that someone writes using a pen or pencil

handwritten

adjective

written using a pen or pencil, instead of being printed or typed

illiterate

adjective

illiterate writing contains a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes

longhand

noun

ordinary writing done by hand instead of typing

misspell

verb

to spell a word wrongly

orthography

noun

the system of spelling that a language uses

penmanship

noun

writing done by hand, or skill in this type of writing

print

verb

to write by hand using individual letters that are not joined together

printing

noun

a simple style of writing in which the letters are not joined together

scrawl

noun

untidy, careless writing, or something written carelessly or in a hurry, so that it is difficult to read

scribble

noun

untidy writing, or something written in an untidy way

script

noun

handwriting

spell

verb

to know the letters of a word in the correct order

spell

verb

to say or write the letters of a word in the correct order

spell

verb

to have a good knowledge of the way that words are written

spell

verb

if a series of letters spells a word, they make that word. This is usually used by children and teachers

spell out

to say or write the letters of a word in the correct order

speller

noun

someone who spells words

spelling

noun

the ability to spell

spelling

noun

the correct way of writing a word

spidery

adjective

spidery writing is untidy and consists of long thin lines

steno

noun

stenography

stenography

noun

a system of writing very quickly using special signs

unreadable

adjective

unreadable writing or printing is impossible to read because it is very small or untidy

write

verb

to spell a word

writing

noun

used about the individual way that a particular person writes

orthographical

adjective

orthographically

adverb

double t/m/8/9 etc

used when spelling a word or giving a number, to say that a letter or number is repeated

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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