with hands uncovered: He caught the baseball barehanded.
without tools, weapons, or other means: foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
Origin of barehanded
First recorded in 1400–50, barehanded
is from the late Middle English
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for barehanded
Historical Examples of barehanded
You can't just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!
In a barehanded fight I'd bite your ears off and ram 'em down your throat.
Wouldn't it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?
Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.
No longer now was he fighting the forces of nature, all barehanded and alone.
British Dictionary definitions for barehanded
without weapons, tools, etc
with hands uncovered
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Word Origin and History for barehanded
also bare-handed, mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + handed.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper