[noun hand-kraft, -krahft; verb hand-kraft, -krahft]


verb (used with object)

to make (something) by manual skill.

Nearby words

  1. handbreadth,
  2. handcar,
  3. handcart,
  4. handclap,
  5. handclasp,
  6. handcrafted,
  7. handcraftman,
  8. handcuff,
  9. handed,
  10. handedness

Origin of handcraft

before 1000; Middle English; Old English handcræft. See handicraft

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Examples from the Web for handcraft

  • A handcraft school for natives has been one of his dreams all along.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess|Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • The amount of time, money, eyesight and handcraft expended among ourselves on letter writing so-called is simply appalling.

    East of Paris|Matilda Betham-Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for handcraft



another word for handicraft


(tr) to make by handicraft
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Word Origin and History for handcraft



Old English handcræft "manual skill, power of the hand; handicraft;" see handicraft.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper