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  1. of or relating to the first or original source.
  2. direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.

Origin of firsthand

First recorded in 1690–1700; first + hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Certainly I learned less of his ways from first-hand knowledge.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But I fear that this war is not at all like the only war of which Howse has had any first-hand knowledge.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • Human life at first-hand had not been too plentiful with him.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • Mr. Steffens came to the subject with a first-hand knowledge of politics.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • "I haven't any first-hand or original adventures," she declared.

British Dictionary definitions for first-hand


adjective, adverb
  1. from the original source; direct or directlyfirst-hand news; he got the news first-hand
  2. at first hand from the original source; directly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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