hand·​less | \ ˈhan(d)-ləs How to pronounce handless (audio) \

Definition of handless

1 : having no hands
2 : inefficient in manual tasks : clumsy

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Examples of handless in a Sentence

she's far too handless to be good at needlework
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First Known Use of handless

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Handless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handless. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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hand·​less | \ ˈhan-(d)ləs How to pronounce handless (audio) \

Medical Definition of handless

: having no hands

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