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 right-handed pitcher played for the Tigers from 2002-09. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez win 2019 World Series with Washington Nationals," 31 Oct. 2019 Enter Nationals southpaw Doolittle, who held left-handed batters to a .221 average and .241 on-base percentage during the regular season. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Simulated World Series Game 6: Here's how Nationals will stay alive, force Game 7 vs. Astros," 29 Oct. 2019 Jordan, a 6-foot-9 right-handed pitcher for the Kentucky baseball team, was named a second-team All-American on the baseball diamond as a senior at West Carter. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK's newest two-sport athlete, Ben Jordan, is the 'ultimate team player'," 24 Oct. 2019 The Dodgers had the pitcher’s spot leading off, followed by left-handed batters Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Patrick Corbin’s Game 3 performance could have marked turning point in NLDS," 6 Oct. 2019 All are right-handed batters, and all knew that if the Washington Nationals persisted in their playoff pattern of using starters in relief, they might very well be called upon to pinch hit against $140 million lefty Patrick Corbin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "7 2-out runs in 6th lift LA past Nats 10-4 for 2-1 NLDS lead," 6 Oct. 2019 German was replaced by right-handed pitcher Michael King on the active roster. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Report: Domingo German Out for Rest of Season Amid Domestic Violence Investigation," 20 Sep. 2019 His 37 saves last season were the most by a left-handed pitcher in Pirates history. CNN, "Pirates' closer Felipe Vázquez described sexual encounter with girl as 'sex but not really,' police say," 18 Sep. 2019 New York has posted a 12-3 record in the past 15 road outings against a right-handed starting pitcher while going 25-9 in the past 34 overall vs. RHP. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New York Mets at Colorado Rockies odds, picks and betting tips," 16 Sep. 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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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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