clear, good, legible, neat

Her handwriting was neat and legible.

bad (esp. AmE), illegible, messy (esp. AmE), poor (esp. BrE), sloppy (esp. AmE), terrible

Why do doctors have such terrible handwriting?


Her handwriting is very difficult to read.


I didn't recognize the handwriting on the envelope.

in your handwriting

She copied out the lines in her best handwriting.

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  • handwriting — hand|writ|ing [ hænd,raıtıŋ ] noun uncount * the particular way someone writes using a pen or pencil: His handwriting is very hard to read. This letter is in her own handwriting. the handwriting is on the wall AMERICAN used for saying that it… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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