having two hands.
using both hands equally well; ambidextrous.
involving or requiring the use of both hands: a two-handed sword; a two-handed backhand.
requiring the hands of two persons to operate: a two-handed saw.
engaged in by two persons: a two-handed game.

Origin of two-handed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Related formstwo-hand·ed·ly, adverbtwo-hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for two-handed

Contemporary Examples of two-handed

Historical Examples of two-handed

  • They might have been compared to a rapier and a two-handed broadsword.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The two-handed sword, the old claymore, are his weapons, not the rapier.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • The two-handed engine, I am positive, is St. Michael's sword.

  • Why, the four-footed worker has already got all that this two-handed one is clamouring for!

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • The tongs, like the two-handed sword of Bruce, cannot be wielded by puny people.

    Backlog Studies

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for two-handed



requiring the use of both hands
requiring the participation or cooperation of two people
Derived Formstwo-handedly, adverb
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