- from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
- of or relating to the first or original source.
- direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Origin of firsthand
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Word Origin and History for first hand
also first-hand, first hand, 1690s, from the image of the "first hand" as the source or origin of something.
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Idioms and Phrases with first hand
see at first hand.
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