Usually handlebars.
  1. the curved steering bar of a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., placed in front of the rider and gripped by the hands.
  2. handlebar moustache.
a bar or rod, usually of metal and having a handle at one end, used for handling, guiding, or maneuvering some object.

Nearby words

  1. handkerchief table,
  2. handlanger,
  3. handle,
  4. handle to one's name,
  5. handle with gloves,
  6. handlebar moustache,
  7. handlebars,
  8. handled,
  9. handler,
  10. handless

Origin of handlebar

First recorded in 1885–90; handle + bar1

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British Dictionary definitions for handlebars


pl n

(sometimes singular) a metal tube having its ends curved to form handles, used for steering a bicycle, motorcycle, etc
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Word Origin and History for handlebars



also handle-bar, 1867 in reference to bicycles, from handle (n.) + bar (n.1). Of mustaches, first recorded 1933.

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