handhold

[hand-hohld]

noun

a grip with the hand or hands.
something to grip or take hold of, as a support or handle.

Nearby words

  1. handful,
  2. handgrip,
  3. handgun,
  4. handheld,
  5. handheld computer,
  6. handholding,
  7. handicap,
  8. handicap register,
  9. handicapped,
  10. handicapper

Origin of handhold

First recorded in 1635–45; hand + hold1

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British Dictionary definitions for handhold

handhold

noun

an object, crevice, etc, that can be used as a grip or support, as in climbing
a grip or secure hold with the hand or hands
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Word Origin and History for handhold

handhold

n.

1640s, from hand (n.) + hold (n.1).

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