- 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
Examples from the Web for first-hand
As time progressed, her essays became a collection, and now, a first-hand look into the life of being an Ephron.Delia Ephron Talks Her Memoir, ‘Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog’
September 19, 2013
He did, however, see Palestine first-hand and supported the Palestinian cause once he did.Alicia Keys: Come Visit Palestine
June 11, 2013
Karl Steinberg, a long-term geriatrician in Oceanside, Calif., knows this first-hand.Online Mortality Calculator Could Change Health Care—and Our Views on Death
January 15, 2012
And I don't know this first-hand, but some people just have to do too much in too short a period of time.Wall Street on Wall Street
September 24, 2010
A first-hand witness to such chaos, “Elle” has been married to a sex addict for years.Can Sex-Addiction Rehab Save Tiger?
December 18, 2009
Certainly I learned less of his ways from first-hand knowledge.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But I fear that this war is not at all like the only war of which Howse has had any first-hand knowledge.Good Old Anna
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Human life at first-hand had not been too plentiful with him.Tristram of Blent
Mr. Steffens came to the subject with a first-hand knowledge of politics.A Preface to Politics
"I haven't any first-hand or original adventures," she declared.The Jolliest School of All
- from the original source; direct or directlyfirst-hand news; he got the news first-hand
- at first hand from the original source; directly
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.