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two-handed

[too-han-did]
adjective
  1. having two hands.
  2. using both hands equally well; ambidextrous.
  3. involving or requiring the use of both hands: a two-handed sword; a two-handed backhand.
  4. requiring the hands of two persons to operate: a two-handed saw.
  5. engaged in by two persons: a two-handed game.
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Origin of two-handed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Related formstwo-hand·ed·ly, adverbtwo-hand·ed·ness, noun
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  • 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

two-handed

adjective
  1. requiring the use of both hands
  2. ambidextrous
  3. requiring the participation or cooperation of two people
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Derived Formstwo-handedly, adverb
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