- a person's name, especially the given name.
- a person's alias, nickname, or code name.
- a username, as on a social media website: What's your Twitter handle?
- a name or term by which something is known, described, or explained.
verb (used with object), han·dled, han·dling.
verb (used without object), han·dled, han·dling.
Origin of handle
Synonyms for handle
Related Words for handleknob, shaft, stem, try, test, examine, hold, check, control, administer, use, work, supervise, serve, play, utilize, employ, treat, conduct, govern
Examples from the Web for handle
Contemporary Examples of handle
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Yet, what my peers do not realize – or cannot handle – is that rejection is a necessary part of forging a romantic relationships.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Not bragging, but come on, most guys my age can handle maybe one or two in one night.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
People always have to perceive the problems before them, including many unexpected nuances, and decide how to handle them.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Privilege can be a hard concept to get a handle on, especially for those who are immersed in it and reaping the benefits.What Is Privilege?
The Daily Beast Video
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of handle
The question, he said, was one for a responsible Ministry alone to handle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This tassel is for catching the blood and preventing it from greasing the handle.Viviette
William J. Locke
Cool enough to handle and then remove the skin and the roots.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
They are "safe, because they are too filthy to handle, and too noisome even to approach."The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Something was wrong; it would not turn; she drew it out and tried the handle.Quaint Courtships
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for handle
Old English handle, formed from hand (n.) with instrumental suffix -le indicating a tool in the way thimble was formed from thumb. The slang sense of "nickname" is first recorded 1870, originally U.S., from earlier expressions about adding a handle to (one's) name, i.e. a title such as Mister or Sir, attested from 1833. To fly off the handle (1833) is a figurative reference to an ax head (to be off the handle "be excited" is recorded from 1825, American English). To get a handle on "get control of" is first recorded 1972.
Old English handlian "to touch or move with the hands," also "deal with, discuss;" see handle (n.). Akin to Old Norse höndla "to seize, capture," Danish handle "to trade, deal," German handeln "to bargain, trade." Related: Handled; handling. Meaning "to act towards (someone) in a certain manner" (usually with hostility or roughness) is from c.1200. The commercial sense was weaker in English than in some other Germanic languages, but it emerged in American English (1888) from the notion of something passing through one's hands, and cf. handler.
In addition to the idioms beginning with handle
- handle to one's name
- handle with gloves
- fly off the handle
- get a fix (handle) on