hand·​out | \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce handout (audio) \

Definition of handout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hand out

handed out; handing out; hands out

Definition of hand out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of handout in a Sentence

Noun He sat on the sidewalk asking for a handout. The family wasn't interested in government handouts. The handouts had all the major points of his speech outlined on them. Verb no system yet in place for handing out room assignments
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And large handouts could cause inflation in isolated areas where markets are thin. The Economist, "Unconditional handouts benefit recipients—and their neighbours too," 23 Nov. 2019 The government would begin distributing cash handouts funded by the price hikes to some 20 million Iranians beginning Tuesday, state media reported. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran’s Revolutionary Guard vows ‘decisive action’ against anti-government demonstrators," 18 Nov. 2019 Activations took place throughout the city last week — pop-up newsstands were erected to handout tabloid newspapers with Flyboy on the cover, under the question: Who is the new Flyboy? Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Hebru Brantley’s aviator-goggle-wearing ‘Flyboy’ gets his own park in Pilsen and it is magical," 22 Oct. 2019 This undated handout from Thailand's Royal Office received on August 26, 2019 shows royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Thai King strips 'disloyal' royal consort of titles and military ranks," 22 Oct. 2019 There is the visual representations of the labyrinth at Crete, astronomical phenomena and a handout guide that describes the area as the garden of Asterion, who was the Greek god of the skies and also the star at the center of the labyrinth. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Walk-through experiences the highlight this years Without Walls Festival," 19 Oct. 2019 As an alternative, cities and counties in California and other states have introduced messaging campaigns encouraging organized charitable giving over individual handouts. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach signs will encourage people to donate to charity rather than give to panhandlers," 26 Sep. 2019 Attendees will receive a broccoli transplant and information handouts. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Attract butterflies and save money with SAWS coupon," 19 Sep. 2019 Therefore, the corporation’s right to bar handout distributors yielded to the rights of non-residents to use the streets for lawful purposes. Donna Engle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Legal Matters: Is it legal to picket on a private street or a parking lot?," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of handout


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of handout was in 1648

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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Handout.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands%20out. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of handout

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


hand·​out | \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce handout (audio) \

Kids Definition of handout

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

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