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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for four-handed
Historical Examples
  • The four-handed animals fill up the great chasm between the quadruped and the human species.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • We shot a good deal of game—quadruped, four-handed, and feathered.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • We are going over to the Lewinsohns for four-handed rummy and then a rarebit.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • So they went and made a four-handed game with two of the girls.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • It was to no purpose, for the quadruped, with muffled claws, was no match for her four-handed foe.

    Famous European Artists Sarah K. Bolton
  • They've started a four-handed game of pool in the billiard room.

    The Zeppelin's Passenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And sometime soon make plans to have Horace and Ethel over for an evening of four-handed Canasta.

    Ye of Little Faith Roger Phillips Graham
  • Julia performed some four-handed pieces on the piano with her mother.

    Led Astray and The Sphinx Octave Feuillet
  • The animals which most nearly resemble the four-handed animals or quadrumana are the wing-handed animals,—the bats or Cheiroptera.

  • From this circumstance comes the designation, Quadrumana, or "four-handed," so often applied to these animals.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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