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

Nearby words

  1. handelian,
  2. handfast,
  3. handfasting,
  4. handfeed,
  5. handful,
  6. handgun,
  7. handheld,
  8. handheld computer,
  9. handhold,
  10. handholding

Origin of handgrip

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

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British Dictionary definitions for handgrip



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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