Definition of small hand in English:

small hand

Pronunciation /ˈsmɔːl hand/


  • 1Cursive handwriting of small size. Chiefly historical, as opposed to large legal script.

  • 2 informal The short hand on a clock or watch that indicates the hours.

  • 3 rare More fully "small hand paper". A coarse paper used chiefly for wrapping.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Fabyan (d. 1513), chronicler. From small + hand.