[ sing-guh l-han-did ]
/ ˈsɪŋ gəlˈhæn dɪd /


accomplished or done by one person alone: a single-handed victory; single-handed sailing.
by one's own effort; unaided.


by oneself; alone; without aid: He built the garage single-handed.

Origin of single-handed

First recorded in 1700–10

OTHER WORDS FROM single-handed

sin·gle-hand·ed·ness, noun

Definition for single-handed (2 of 2)

[ sing-guh l-hand ]
/ ˈsɪŋ gəlˈhænd /

verb (used with object)

to sail (a craft) without help from others.

OTHER WORDS FROM single-hand

sin·gle-hand·er, nounsin·gle-hand·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for single-handed


adjective, adverb

unaided or working alonea single-handed crossing of the Atlantic
having or operated by one hand or one person only

Derived forms of single-handed

single-handedly, adverbsingle-handedness, noun
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