Meaning of HANDLE in English



Pronunciation: ' han-d ə l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English handel, from Old English handle; akin to Old English hand

Date: before 12th century

1 : a part that is designed especially to be grasped by the hand

2 : something that resembles a handle

3 a : TITLE 8 b : NAME also : NICKNAME

4 : HAND 11C

5 : the total amount of money bet on a race, game, or event

6 : a means of understanding or controlling <can't quite get a handle on things>

– han · dled \ -d ə ld \ adjective

– han · dle · less \ -d ə l-(l) ə s \ adjective

– off the handle : into a state of sudden and violent anger ― usually used with fly

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.