verb (used with object), hand-fed, hand-feed·ing.
  1. Agriculture. to feed (animals) with apportioned amounts at regular intervals.Compare self-feed.
  2. to feed (an animal or person) by hand: The students hand-fed the baby monkeys with an eyedropper.

Origin of hand-feed

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for hand-feed

Historical Examples of hand-feed

  • If the young are very feeble, it may become necessary to hand-feed them.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual

    Charles Alexander Cameron

  • Try and grow a bit of hand-feed for your cows as a stand-by, no matter how good a dairying district you're in.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut

    Charles W. L. Bryde