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firsthand

or first-hand

[furst-hand]
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adverb
  1. from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the first or original source.
  2. direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.
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Origin of firsthand

First recorded in 1690–1700; first + hand
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Related Words for first hand

initial, 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

firsthand

adj.

also first-hand, first hand, 1690s, from the image of the "first hand" as the source or origin of something.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with first hand

first hand

see at first hand.

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