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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British Dictionary definitions for handfeed


verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed (-ˌfɛd) (tr)
  1. to feed (a person or an animal) by hand
  2. agriculture to give food to (poultry or livestock) in fixed amounts and at fixed times, rather than use a self-feeding system
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