one-hand·​ed ˈwən-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce one-handed (audio)
: having or using only one hand
could beat him up one-handed
: designed for or requiring the use of only one hand
: effected by the use of only one hand

Examples of one-handed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, activating the rotating mechanism one-handed can be a herculean task. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 18 Aug. 2023 But its shape is square, with a little ridge on the back, which makes reading one-handed a breeze. WIRED, 11 July 2023 There are convenient carrying handles in two corners of the fan, and our testers were able to transport it one-handed without issue. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2023

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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 one-handed was in the 15th century

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“One-handed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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