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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And Amazon can be heavy-handed with promoting its own original content on the Fire TV. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best streaming video player to buy right now," 30 Nov. 2018 That said, the authors note that the antibiotic treatment was also heavy-handed in the study. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough," 26 Sep. 2018 Some said Egly could have been more heavy-handed earlier on in demanding results from L.A. Unified, and that more African Americans and Latinos should have been involved in the discussions. Sonali Kohli, latimes.com, "Paul Egly, judge who oversaw Los Angeles school integration, dies at 97," 1 July 2018 The shape of the end-scraper, a long-rounded stone most likely used to cut plants and strip animal hide, suggested that it was used by someone who was right-handed. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools," 21 June 2018 Last year's top pick, DL Hall, is distinguishing himself as probably the class of the organization's left-handed starters at Low-A Delmarva right now. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Alex Wells," 12 July 2018 The victory also marked their league-leading eighth walkoff win of the year and their first victory against a left-handed starter this month. Kerry Crowley, sacbee, "Buster Posey has hip pain, but he has Giants feeling good in walkoff win over Cubs," 11 July 2018 New York had won seven consecutive games against left-handed starters and was a major league-best 19-5 against them this season, but Sale had them spinning. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Sale Pitches Gem, Devers Slams Gray As Sox Whip Yankees," 30 June 2018 That created a spot for left-handed starter Robbie Ray, who returned from an oblique issue to face the Marlins Wednesday. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo a big fan of Deven Marrero's defensive ability," 27 June 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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hand·​ed | \ˈhan-dəd \

Kids Definition of handed

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


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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