[ hand-lis ]

  1. without a hand or hands.

  2. clumsy; awkward: to be handless at a task.

Origin of handless

First recorded in 1375–1425, handless is from the late Middle English word hand(e)les.See hand, -less

Words Nearby handless

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How to use handless in a sentence

  • The headless and handless hulk of the giant Antigonus lies sprawling, while on his body rests Antwerp castle.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks | William Elliot Griffis
  • This man was called an hostler; and, as the war drags on, the number of these handless hostlers will increase.

    Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 | Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  • That Grimes part fits me like a shrinkable flannel after its first trip to a handless hand laundry.

  • Miles silently pointed to the handless arm which hung at his left side.

    Blue Lights | R.M. Ballantyne
  • She was handless to interfere; the San Reve clenched her white, strong teeth to find herself so much at bay.

    The President | Alfred Henry Lewis