handout

noun hand·out \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of handout

1 : a portion of food, clothing, or money given to or as if to a beggar
2 : a folder or circular of information for free distribution
3 : a prepared statement released to the news media

Examples of handout in a Sentence

  1. He sat on the sidewalk asking for a handout.

  2. The family wasn't interested in government handouts.

  3. The handouts had all the major points of his speech outlined on them.

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First Known Use of handout

1882


hand out

verb

Definition of hand out

1 a : to give without charge
b : to give freely
2 : administer
  • handed out a severe punishment

Examples of hand out in a Sentence

  1. no system yet in place for handing out room assignments

First Known Use of hand out

1648


HANDOUT Defined for English Language Learners

handout

Definition of handout for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as food, clothing, or money) that is given to someone who is poor

  • : a document that is given to people


HANDOUT Defined for Kids

handout

noun hand·out \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t \

Definition of handout for Students

: something (as food, clothing, or money) given to a poor person


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