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[fawr-han-did, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈhæn dɪd, ˈfoʊr-/
involving four hands or players, as a game at cards:
Bridge is usually a four-handed game.
intended for four hands, as a piece of music for the piano.
having four hands, or four feet adapted for use as hands; quadrumanous.
Also, four-hand
[fawr-hand, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌhænd, ˈfoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
Origin of four-handed
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for four-handed
Historical Examples
  • We shot a good deal of game—quadruped, four-handed, and feathered.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • So they went and made a four-handed game with two of the girls.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • We are going over to the Lewinsohns for four-handed rummy and then a rarebit.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • They've started a four-handed game of pool in the billiard room.

    The Zeppelin's Passenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Julia performed some four-handed pieces on the piano with her mother.

    Led Astray and The Sphinx Octave Feuillet
  • But, besides all these, we are here presented with representatives of the order of Quadrumana, or four-handed animals.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • From this circumstance comes the designation, Quadrumana, or "four-handed," so often applied to these animals.

  • As to himself, his own toes were put to every possible use, so that you would almost call him four-handed.

    Our Little Siamese Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • In the four-handed game either each player plays for himself, or two adjacent players play against the other two.

  • Neither the strange noises nor the violent gesticulations of its four-handed enemy seemed to have any effect upon it.

    The Castaways Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for four-handed


(of a card game) arranged for four players
(of a musical composition) written for two performers at the same piano
Derived Forms
four-handedly, adverb
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