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