from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A slow method of typing in which an untrained typist seeks out each key before striking it.

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  • adjective Describing a method of typing used by a person unfamiliar with the layout of a keyboard or keypad in which the person has to search for the keys to be pressed or struck one by one and uses one or both index fingers to operate the keys; also used to describe a typist who uses this technique.


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