[ fawr-han-did, fohr- ]

  1. involving four hands or players, as a game at cards: Bridge is usually a four-handed game.

  2. intended for four hands, as a piece of music for the piano.

  1. having four hands, or four feet adapted for use as hands; quadrumanous.

Origin of four-handed

First recorded in 1765–75
  • Also four-hand [fawr-hand, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌhænd, ˈfoʊr-/ (for defs. 1, 2).

Words Nearby four-handed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use four-handed in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for four-handed


  1. (of a card game) arranged for four players

  2. (of a musical composition) written for two performers at the same piano

Derived forms of four-handed

  • four-handedly, adverb

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