- from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
- of or relating to the first or original source.
- direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Origin of firsthand
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Related Words for first handinitial, authentic, prime, infant, opening, beginning, primary, pioneer, aboriginal, primitive, first, archetypal, autochthonous, early, elementary, embryonic, genuine, introductory, primeval, primordial
Word Origin and History for first hand
also first-hand, first hand, 1690s, from the image of the "first hand" as the source or origin of something.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with first hand
see at first hand.
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