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  1. the grip or clasp of a hand, as in greeting: a firm but friendly handgrip.
  2. a handle or similar part of an object affording a grip by the hand, as for lifting.
  3. handgrips, hand-to-hand combat.
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Origin of handgrip

before 900; Middle English; Old English handgripe. See hand, grip
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Historical Examples

  • But now my eyesight and my footstep and my handgrip all have failed this many and many a day!

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • There was a handgrip on each side, with the controls handy to his fingers.

    The Wailing Octopus

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • "Glad to know you, gents," said Spider Jack, with a handgrip apiece.

  • A wooden stock with a handgrip is fastened to the metal handle.

  • He swung over to the panel, hooked his foot under the handgrip and grasped the lever inset in the surface.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

British Dictionary definitions for handgrip


  1. another word for grip 1 (def. 2), grip 1 (def. 5), grip 1 (def. 6)
  2. sport a covering, usually of towelling or rubber, that makes the handle of a racket or club easier to hold
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Word Origin and History for handgrip


Old English handgripe; see hand (n.) + grip (n.).

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