adverb or adjective

bare-hand·​ed ˈber-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce bare-handed (audio)
: without gloves
: without tools or weapons
fight an animal bare-handed

Examples of bare-handed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His bare-handed putout in UO’s win over Vanderbilt in the NCAA regional round was among his highlight reel plays. oregonlive, 21 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bare-handed was in the 15th century

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“Bare-handed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: with the hands bare : without gloves or mittens
: without tools or weapons
fight an animal barehanded
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