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  1. having or involving a hand or hands (usually used in combination): two-handed backhand; a four-handed piano work.

  2. using a particular hand (usually used in combination): right-handed.

  1. having, requiring, or with the number of people, workers, or players indicated (usually used in combination): a three-handed game of poker.

  2. manned; staffed (usually used in combination).

Origin of handed

First recorded in 1520–30; hand + -ed3

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British Dictionary definitions for -handed


  1. having a hand or hands as specified: broad-handed; a four-handed game of cards

  2. made as specified for either left- or right-hand operation or positioning

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