or first-hand

[ furst-hand ]
/ ˈfɜrstˈhænd /


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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for first-hand


adjective, adverb

from the original source; direct or directlyfirst-hand news; he got the news first-hand
at first hand from the original source; directly
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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.

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