- a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
- press release.
- any printed, typed, mimeographed, or photocopied copy of information, as a speech, policy statement, or fact sheet given to reporters, attendees at a meeting, or the like.
- anything given away for nothing, as a free sample of a product by an advertiser.
Origin of handout
Examples from the Web for handout
The handout paints a dire picture, but the qat users of Guangzhou are successful businessmen.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
October 20, 2014
He wants “more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe.”America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead
May 22, 2014
Romney implied that these folks are lazy and undeserving, always looking for a handout.Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Not Who GOP Wants You to Think They Are
James Braxton Peterson
September 27, 2012
As I paid my check, my eye fell on a handout beside the cash register.Searching for the Ghost of Roger Miller in Erick, Okla.
September 23, 2012
Most of the rest of his family always wanted money or a handout of some sort, and that ate away at Michael for years.The Family Battle Over Michael Jackson’s Millions and His Three Children
July 25, 2012
All at once I was hungry enough to have gone and asked for a handout.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
If I had the coin, wouldn't I give them a handout of fresh air and milk?Just Around the Corner
He had not been expecting any handout, so he was not disappointed.Skookum Chuck Fables
Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
It appears like I'm givin' all I've got for a handout at the kitchen door of the big company.The Quickening
Maybe we asks fer a handout now and then; but that ain't our reg'lar way.The Oakdale Affair
Edgar Rice Burroughs