- 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.
- handkerchief table,
- handle to one's name,
- handle with gloves,
- handlebar moustache,
Origin of handle
Examples from the Web for handleless
One of the ear-marks of tea sets of early manufacture is these handleless cups.The Story of Porcelain|Sara Ware Bassett
He had begged a big lump of this, kneaded it and moulded it into handleless cups, and had baked them in the oven at the farm.A Fortunate Term|Angela Brazil
Such sets of cracked cups, and such rows of chipped and handleless jugs and dishes, had never before been seen in that kitchen.Weird Tales from Northern Seas|Jonas Lie
Carl was gulping down salty beef stew and bitter coffee served in handleless cups half an inch thick.The Trail of the Hawk|Sinclair Lewis
Soon he approached her, bringing the gold-encrusted teapot and a small, handleless cup.The Spinner's Book of Fiction|Various
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