verb (used without object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.
verb (used with object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.
- panhandle state,
Origin of panhandle2
Examples from the Web for panhandling
Laya flew to New York and found Shulamith emaciated and panhandling, carrying a bag holding a hammer and an unopened can of food.
Word Origin for panhandle
"something resembling the handle of a pan," 1851, from pan (n.) + handle (n.). Especially in reference to geography, originally American English, from 1856, in reference to Virginia (now West Virginia; Florida, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alaska also have them). Meaning "an act of begging" is attested from 1849, perhaps from notion of arm stuck out like a panhandle, or of one who handles a (beggar's) pan.
"to beg," 1888, from panhandle (n.) in the begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandling.