handed

adjective
hand·ed | \ˈhan-dəd \

Definition of handed 

1 : having a hand or hands especially of a specified kind or number usually used in combination a large-handed man

2 : using a specified hand or number of hands used in combination right-handeda one-handed catch

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Left-handed hitters were batting only .164 against Sale, who had a 10-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio vs. lefties entering Wednesday. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers’ most frustrating player working to shed that label," 11 July 2018 The 16-year-0ld shortstop is listed at 6-1, 181 pounds and a right-handed hitter. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners announce the signing of nine international free agents, including touted shortstop Noelvi Marte," 2 July 2018 In Spain’s long history of political instability, Catalan problems and demands often met a heavy-handed response, culminating in that of the Franco dictatorship of 1939-75. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 In fairness, the hitters coming up in the top of the ninth were right-handed. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ search for a closer is wide open," 28 June 2018 Of the Coyotes' projected starting six defensemen, only one (Demers) is right-handed. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes fortify blue-line depth, sign defenseman Kevin Connauton to 2-year contract," 27 June 2018 In its darker moments, the Trump presidency resembles a heavy-handed, Bush-era satire of how fascism would come to America. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s 5 Weirdest Remarks About His Summit With North Korea," 12 June 2018 Fahrenheit 451 Review: An Unsubtle Movie for Our Unsubtle Times HBO Ray Bradbury’s classic novel gets a melodramatic, heavy-handed adaptation. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Fahrenheit 451 Review: An Unsubtle Movie for Our Unsubtle Times," 18 May 2018 Mahathir’s heavy-handed approach worked: Malaysia recovered from the crisis to establish itself as a commodities juggernaut. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of handed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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handed

adjective
hand·ed | \ˈhan-dəd \

Kids Definition of handed

: using a particular hand or number of hands left-handed a one-handed catch

handed

adjective
hand·ed | \ˈhan-dəd \

Medical Definition of handed 

1 : having a hand or hands especially of a specified kind or number usually used in combination a large-handed man

2 : using a specified hand or number of hands used in combination right-handed

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