noun Informal.

a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.
any printed, typed, mimeographed, or photocopied copy of information, as a speech, policy statement, or fact sheet given to reporters, attendees at a meeting, or the like.
anything given away for nothing, as a free sample of a product by an advertiser.

Origin of handout

1825–35; 1940–45 for def 2; noun use of verb phrase hand out
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Related Words for handout

donation, alms, gift, grant

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Contemporary Examples of handout

Historical Examples of handout

  • All at once I was hungry enough to have gone and asked for a handout.

  • If I had the coin, wouldn't I give them a handout of fresh air and milk?

  • He had not been expecting any handout, so he was not disappointed.

    Skookum Chuck Fables

    Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)

  • It appears like I'm givin' all I've got for a handout at the kitchen door of the big company.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • Maybe we asks fer a handout now and then; but that ain't our reg'lar way.

    The Oakdale Affair

    Edgar Rice Burroughs