hand·​ed | \ ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce handed (audio) \

Definition of handed

1 : having a hand or hands especially of a specified kind or number usually used in combinationa large-handed man
2 : using a specified hand or number of hands used in combinationright-handeda one-handed catch

Examples of handed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clerk activated a panic alarm and the man fled the store empty-handed. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 4 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, nuclear physicists around the world set to work looking for errors in the Hungarians' work, and have come up empty-handed over the past few years. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A 'no-brainer Nobel Prize': Hungarian scientists may have found a fifth force of nature," 22 Nov. 2019 So don’t be caught empty-handed when popping in for a party or event this season. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "10 holiday host gifts to guarantee you’ll be invited back," 15 Nov. 2019 Urban was nominated for two awards at the 2019 CMAs -- entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year -- but went home empty-handed. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Keith Urban Gets Emotional for Stripped-Down 'We Were' Performance at the 2019 CMA Awards," 13 Nov. 2019 This gorgeous gift for your host Don't show up to your Thanksgiving feast empty-handed. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "21 things you need to buy before Thanksgiving," 13 Nov. 2019 Texas Take: Get the latest news on Texas politics sent directly to your inbox every weekday Abbott didn’t come home empty-handed. Allie Morris, ExpressNews.com, "Buc-ee’s gift box, whiskey among Abbott’s Texas-themed gifts for Japanese dignitaries," 31 Oct. 2019 Showing up to a party empty-handed is the first no-no of Houseguest Etiquette 101. Glamour, "The 36 Best Hostess Gifts That Actually Feel Special," 28 Oct. 2019 Follow these tips to make sure every guest goes home happy, and no one leaves empty-handed (or empty-bellied). Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "How to Host the Perfect White Elephant Party," 17 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handed. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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hand·​ed | \ ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce handed (audio) \

Kids Definition of handed

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


hand·​ed | \ ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce handed (audio) \

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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