handed

adjective
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 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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Philadelphia pursued Patrick Corbin and is still seeking a left-handed starter. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal," 11 Dec. 2018 The special counsel’s investigation did not come up empty-handed. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open," 25 Mar. 2019 As someone with very curly but very fine strands, the quest for the perfect hair dryer has often left me empty-handed. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Blow Dryers, According to Amazon Reviews," 16 Jan. 2019 Prince William visited London's Air Ambulance Charity today, and the organization did not come empty-handed. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince George Is Gifted a Toy Helicopter by London's Air Ambulance Charity," 9 Jan. 2019 Wisconsin’s lame-duck session strips the new governor of power; Theresa May comes home from Brussels empty-handed. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Scott Walker’s revenge," 15 Dec. 2018 Mom was right: Showing up empty-handed to Thanksgiving dinner is entirely unacceptable. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 11 Best Beauty Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Host," 20 Nov. 2018 Still, tensions arose among lawmakers over whether the government has been too heavy handed in responding... Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Macron Pushes Antiriot Bill to Quell Protests," 5 Feb. 2019 Playing mostly against right-handed pitching, Naquin batted .296 (.886 OPS) with 14 HR and 43 RBI in 365 plate appearances. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians: Tyler Naquin's rise, worries elsewhere -- Terry Pluto," 13 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 How to pronounce handed (audio) \

Kids Definition of handed

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

handed

adjective
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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