[ pan-han-dl ]
/ ˈpænˌhæn dl /

verb (used without object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.

to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.

verb (used with object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.

to accost and beg from.
to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.

Nearby words

  1. pangopango,
  2. pangram,
  3. pangrammatic,
  4. panguingue,
  5. pangwe,
  6. panhandle state,
  7. panhandler,
  8. panhead,
  9. panhellenic,
  10. panhellenism

Origin of panhandle

1895–1900, Americanism; back formation from panhandler; so called from the resemblance of the extended arm to a panhandle1

Related formspan·han·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for panhandling


/ (ˈpænˌhændəl) /


(sometimes capital) (in the US) a narrow strip of land that projects from one state into another
(in a South African city) a plot of land without street frontage


/ (ˈpænˌhændəl) /


US and Canadian informal to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
Derived Formspanhandler, noun

Word Origin for panhandle

C19: probably a back formation from panhandler a person who begs with a pan

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Word Origin and History for panhandling
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