- 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 handlesknob, shaft, stem, try, test, examine, hold, check, control, administer, use, work, supervise, serve, play, utilize, employ, treat, conduct, govern
Examples from the Web for handles
Contemporary Examples of handles
Or maybe it was from the handles of a grocery store shopping cart.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
A second area that Republican challengers could have raised: how the Senate handles the reporting of personal finances.A Conservative Explains Why The GOP Could Lose
November 2, 2014
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
September 9, 2014
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) handles all of the grants to perform research with cannabis.Weed Could Block H.I.V.’s Spread. No, Seriously.
February 15, 2014
Stones: those big heavy looking things with handles on them that slide on the ice.Curling: Your New Olympic Addiction, Explained
February 13, 2014
Historical Examples of handles
They should be held by the handles, and the longer the handles the more convenient.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
But Amanda's small hands only grasped the handles more tightly, and she went on.Meadow Grass
But such is the magic of genius, which changes all it handles into gold!Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
She does all things well, handles a sword nearly as well as I do.
But he grinned with hope when his head struck one of the handles.
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