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panhandle

noun pan·han·dle \ ˈpan-ˌhan-dᵊl \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of panhandle

: a narrow projection of a larger territory (such as a state)
  • the Oklahoma Panhandle

Examples of panhandle in a Sentence

  1. The Texas Panhandle is the northernmost part of the state.

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First Known Use of panhandle

1846

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panhandle

verb

Definition of panhandle

panhandled; panhandling play \ˈpan-ˌhan(d)-liŋ, -ˌhan-dᵊl-iŋ\
: to stop people on the street and ask for food or money : beg
1 : to accost on the street and beg from
2 : to get by panhandling

panhandler

play \ˈpan-ˌhan(d)-lər, -ˌhan-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of panhandle in a Sentence

  1. He panhandled for his bus fare.

  2. There is a law against panhandling in the subway.

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Origin and Etymology of panhandle

back-formation from panhandler, probably from panhandle, noun; from the extended forearm


PANHANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

panhandle

Definition of panhandle for English Language Learners

  • : a part of a land area (such as a state) that is narrow and sticks out from a larger area


panhandle

Definition of panhandle for English Language Learners

  • : to ask strangers for money in a public place (such as on a sidewalk)


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