handout

noun
hand·​out | \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce handout (audio) \

Definition of handout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a portion of food, clothing, or money given to or as if to a beggar
2 : a folder or circular of information for free distribution
3 : a prepared statement released to the news media

hand out

verb
handed out; handing out; hands out

Definition of hand out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give without charge
b : to give freely
2 : administer handed out a severe punishment

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Examples of handout in a Sentence

Noun

He sat on the sidewalk asking for a handout. The family wasn't interested in government handouts. The handouts had all the major points of his speech outlined on them.

Verb

no system yet in place for handing out room assignments
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Migrants gather daily beneath shade trees in Tapachula’s central plaza, waiting for food handouts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 That includes free gummy bear handouts near the main gate, and your kids can also meet the official Bear mascot for photos and, of course, a bear hug. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't have a babysitter for your favorite summer festival? Here are some fun things your kids can do.," 10 June 2019 Tens of billions of euros in new spending are slated for welfare handouts and public works that Italy can’t deliver without waste and corruption. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Growth Problem in Italian," 23 Oct. 2018 To the crown prince’s credit, he, unlike his predecessors, is not passing this bounty back to restive citizens in the form of new handouts and subsidies. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rising Oil Prices Are Bad News for Saudi Arabia," 25 Sep. 2018 Atop a political machine that had governed Malaysia since its independence in 1957, Najib and his allies used political influence, cash handouts, and news media repression to try to keep corruption accusations at bay for years. Hannah Beech And Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Najib Razak, Malaysia’s former prime minister, is arrested amid corruption inquiry," 4 July 2018 One of his handouts listed the four-dozen-odd words that contain Q but not U, such as qi. Jonathan Kay, WSJ, "Scrabble Is a Lousy Game," 4 Oct. 2018 One doesn’t need to be a Republican to criticize the idea of handouts for people who refuse to work. James Freeman, WSJ, "When Politicians ‘Pounce’," 13 Feb. 2019 Democrats were evil in my eyes, supporters of the grisly dismemberment of babies in the womb, controlling the poor by getting them addicted to government handouts, and promoting communist ideals. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of handout

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of handout was in 1648

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handout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of handout

: something (such as food, clothing, or money) that is given to someone who is poor
: a document that is given to people

handout

noun
hand·​out | \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce handout (audio) \

Kids Definition of handout

: something (as food, clothing, or money) given to a poor person

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