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[too-han-did] /ˈtuˈhæn dɪd/
having two hands.
using both hands equally well; ambidextrous.
involving or requiring the use of both hands:
a two-handed sword; a two-handed backhand.
requiring the hands of two persons to operate:
a two-handed saw.
engaged in by two persons:
a two-handed game.
Origin of two-handed
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
Related forms
two-handedly, adverb
two-handedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Woe betide him, who received a blow from the two-handed sword the Eletto still held over his shoulder, now with his left hand.

  • The two-handed engine, I am positive, is St. Michael's sword.

  • It was a two-handed rhetorication, but the citizens tooke in the best sense.

  • They might have been compared to a rapier and a two-handed broadsword.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Malise leaned upon his two-handed sword and gazed upon the ground.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • The two-handed sword, the old claymore, are his weapons, not the rapier.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • He was respectful of this two-handed dub with the amazing short-arm kicks in both his fists.

    The Night-Born Jack London
  • The tongs, like the two-handed sword of Bruce, cannot be wielded by puny people.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • "Now, Mr. David, sit ye down here and let us have a two-handed crack," said she.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for two-handed


requiring the use of both hands
requiring the participation or cooperation of two people
Derived Forms
two-handedly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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