hand·​less ˈhan(d)-ləs How to pronounce handless (audio)
: having no hands
: inefficient in manual tasks : clumsy

Examples of handless in a Sentence

she's far too handless to be good at needlework
Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-five years after authorities discovered a headless and handless man in a Michigan cornfield, arrests have been made in connection to the grisly murder. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2023 Two brothers were arrested this week on murder charges in connection to a 1997 Michigan cold case in which a man's headless and handless body was found in a cornfield, authorities said. Erin Pflaumer, CBS News, 26 Jan. 2023 Earlier this week, New York State Troopers announced that a decapitated, handless body found in a travel trunk near a dumpster on the grounds of the Hudson View Apartment Complex in Fishkill, NY in 1980 are the remains of Papalardo-Blake. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 When asked what doctors and nurses on the front lines at Cincinnati Children's Hospital needed to keep the hospital cleaner, the answer was quick: handless door hooks. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, 7 Apr. 2020 Join us on deck for games such as handless doughnut eating, deadeye bowling and cauldron tossing. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of handless was in the 15th century

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“Handless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handless. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


hand·​less ˈhan-(d)ləs How to pronounce handless (audio)
: having no hands
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