or first-hand



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

Related Words for firsthand

eyewitness, immediate, primary, straight

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Word Origin and History for firsthand

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