hand·​stand ˈhan(d)-ˌstand How to pronounce handstand (audio)
: an act of supporting the body on the hands with the trunk and legs balanced in the air

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The new work includes one of a girl gymnast performing a handstand on a pile of concrete rubble. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2022 Painted on the side of a crumbling building, the piece depicts a gymnast doing a handstand on a pile of rubble. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 The former pro fighter regularly shows off these attributes on social media, taking on various viral fitness challenges including pushup variations from TikTok and a 10-second handstand, along with squats and stretches aimed at improving mobility. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 17 Sep. 2022 With her 8-year-old son River at the front of the board rowing, Daniela did a handstand featuring a bent leg. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 23 Oct. 2022 Dressed in a red sweatshirt and denim shorts, Candace pushed her legs off a glass wall and into a handstand. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 Having problems with pullups or mastering an even tougher move like a handstand? Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 13 July 2022 And now, two whole years later, the handstand challenge is back, albeit in a slightly different form. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 13 July 2022 Think of a handstand as stacking your body upside down, then moving toward midline. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 23 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handstand was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Handstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handstand. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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