- 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 handles
Or maybe it was from the handles of a grocery store shopping cart.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A second area that Republican challengers could have raised: how the Senate handles the reporting of personal finances.
Stewart handles the Daily Show mention well, having Jones himself reshoot the segment with Bernal as Bahari.'Rosewater' Review: Jon Stewart's Clumsy but Earnest Directorial Debut|Alex Suskind|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) handles all of the grants to perform research with cannabis.
Stones: those big heavy looking things with handles on them that slide on the ice.
The story is simple enough, but Miss Doudney handles it well.The Old Masters and Their Pictures|Sarah Tytler
It handles the configurations and the appetites or motions of matter.
They are formed into drinking-cups, handles for swords, ramrods for rifles, and are used for many other purposes.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
The jar is made to rest upon the girdle of the bearer, while she supports it upon her back by one or both of the handles.
The dolphins or handles atop bronze guns were never merely ornaments.Artillery Through the Ages|Albert Manucy
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