[ bair-han-did ]

adjective, adverb
  1. with hands uncovered: He caught the baseball barehanded.

  2. 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 word bare-handyd.See bare1, handed

Words Nearby barehanded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use barehanded in a sentence

  • I went up there ready to beat the world barehanded, to work on the frontier, to build that colony, and maybe lead another one.

    Martyr | Alan Edward Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for barehanded


/ (ˌbɛəˈhændɪd) /

adverb, adjective
  1. without weapons, tools, etc

  2. with hands uncovered

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