hand·​hold ˈhand-ˌhōld How to pronounce handhold (audio)
: hold, grip
: something to hold on to (as in mountain climbing)

Examples of handhold in a Sentence

she tried to maintain her tight handhold on the umbrella as the wind picked up
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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of handhold was in 1643

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“Handhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handhold. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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