• synonyms


or hand-held

[ hand-held ]
/ ˈhændˌhɛld /


held in the hand or hands: a handheld torch.
small enough to be used or operated while being held in the hand or hands: a handheld hair drier.


something small enough to be used or operated while held in the hand or hands: She traded in her bulky old movie camera for a handheld.


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Nearby words

handfasting, handfeed, handful, handgrip, handgun, handheld, handheld computer, handhold, handholding, handicap, handicap register

Origin of handheld

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hand-held

  • There may have been a hand-held camera, but no large camera.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for hand-held



held in position by the hand
(of a film camera) held rather than mounted, as in close-up action shots
(of an electronic device) able to be held in the hand and not requiring connection to a fixed power source


a computer that can be held in the hand
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