pan·​han·​dle | \ ˈpan-ˌhan-dᵊl How to pronounce panhandle (audio) \

Definition of panhandle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


panhandled; panhandling\ ˈpan-​ˌhan(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce panhandle (audio) , -​ˌhan-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of panhandle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stop people on the street and ask for food or money : beg

transitive verb

1 : to accost on the street and beg from
2 : to get by panhandling

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Other Words from panhandle


panhandler \ ˈpan-​ˌhan(d)-​lər How to pronounce panhandle (audio) , -​ˌhan-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of panhandle in a Sentence

Noun The Texas Panhandle is the northernmost part of the state. Verb He panhandled for his bus fare. There is a law against panhandling in the subway.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Tongass National Forest extends through the panhandle of Southeast Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 Residents in 600 homes in northwest Florida were evacuated Saturday due to a spreading wildfire in the panhandle near Panama City. Paul Gattis |, al, 5 Mar. 2022 Severe thunderstorms are expected to flare up in the South on Sunday afternoon, with large hail and damaging winds likely across states such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and even as far east as the Florida panhandle. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 17 Apr. 2022 At Panama City Beach, vacationing college students flocked to the Gulf Coast on the panhandle. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2022 According to the state Division of Emergency Management, each year thousands of acres burn and threaten homes from the panhandle to the Everglades., 22 Mar. 2022 For example, early this year, Carl Dierking measured more than six inches of rain outside his Juneau home in just two days, the result of an atmospheric river that stalled, leaving the faucet on for days over Alaska’s panhandle. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2022 McCrory and his wife lived in Andalusia, a small town near the Florida panhandle. CBS News, 14 Mar. 2022 The sisters were born in Louisiana and moved around a bit before landing in the Florida panhandle for most of their childhoods. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The interaction proved to be inspirational for all participants, who afterward set up their boxes and started to panhandle on the corners. John Benson, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 Keith Smith implored city leaders to protect other families from the men and women who panhandle for money on the streets of Baltimore. Tim Prudente,, 2 Dec. 2021 Krivonishchenko was briefly detained by police for playing his mandolin and pretending to panhandle in the train station. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 The department has also spent nearly $8,000 on the city's Keys to Work program, which taps people experiencing homelessness or those who panhandle to clean up litter, to clean up around NCAA locations. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2021 City outreach workers found most people who panhandle are experiencing homelessness. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 Council member Casey Thomas said the city has to find different solutions to address why people panhandle. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 Montgomery has agreed to halt its practice of arresting or ticketing people who panhandle. Connor Sheets |, al, 24 Nov. 2020 People will not be allowed to panhandle within 50 feet of a business or public monument, and e-cigarette and tobacco stores will have to pay greater fines for selling to underage customers starting July 1. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of panhandle


1846, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for panhandle


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

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“Panhandle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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