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[bair-han-did] /ˈbɛərˈhæn dɪd/
adjective, adverb
with hands uncovered:
He caught the baseball barehanded.
without tools, weapons, or other means:
foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
Origin of barehanded
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, barehanded is from the late Middle English word bare-handyd. See bare1, handed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for barehanded
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  • You can't just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • In a barehanded fight I'd bite your ears off and ram 'em down your throat.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Wouldn't it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • No longer now was he fighting the forces of nature, all barehanded and alone.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • I couldn't even get to him barehanded because of his shield and the binder field.

    Sight Gag Laurence Mark Janifer
  • Anyway we fell into each other's arms and went at it barehanded.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • barehanded she could never hope to break it down or push it aside.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • His knife he had not: barehanded he fought, frenzied by loathing of the foul monster, the foulest the sea breeds.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • He arose on shaky legs and desperately offered to prove his fitness by a barehanded six-round bout with his commanding officer.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
British Dictionary definitions for barehanded


adverb, adjective
without weapons, tools, etc
with hands uncovered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barehanded

also bare-handed, mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + handed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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