Definition of barehanded in US English:


adjective & adverb

  • 1With nothing in or covering one's hands.

    ‘he made an athletic barehanded catch’
    • ‘The lefthander benefited from a spectacular, ‘do or die’ play on a bunt that Scott Rolen barehanded and threw to Albert Pujols for the first out of the inning.’
    • ‘That to me was a great moment, because you don't catch too many baseballs barehanded.’
    • ‘He often went out to help the grooms in the famous Weston stables, and he did everything barehanded.’
    • ‘Vizquel's barehanded plays on slow bounding balls and Alomar's far-reaching range constantly frustrate opposing batters.’
    • ‘He, completely submerged and barehanded, caught catfish in the Altamaha River's thick brown water, locating them by touch among the tree roots.’
    • ‘I walked over to it, and began to dig barehanded.’
    • ‘According to Anthony, Senior Sous Chef at the Oberoi hotel, the only way to enjoy this kind of food is to cast etiquette reservations to the wind and dig right in, preferably barehanded.’
    • ‘No one makes the play from the hole any better than the Indians' Omar Vizquel, and he often adds his own special touch: He makes the play barehanded.’
    • ‘He makes tough, barehanded plays on a consistent basis and can make split-second reactions on balls hit toward the line.’
    • ‘In your case, your hands replace the skater's feet, but you ride barehanded.’
    • ‘In Daito-ryu, the first technique you learn is called ippondori, a difficult technique where you receive, barehanded, the frontal attack of your opponent.’
    • ‘One play that will give him trouble early is the bunt, as he must get used to playing more shallow and making a barehanded play.’
    • ‘By the way, she's now eating pizza and burgers barehanded (veggie burgers, that is).’
    • ‘Smith dove to his left and as the ball caromed into the air, he reached high, grabbed it barehanded and threw Burroughs out at first.’
    • ‘On opening day, Pujols made a sensational running, barehanded grab-and-throw on a swinging bunt.’
    • ‘'Who loaded a crossbow barehanded' a man seated at the bar asked.’
    • ‘When they come tell you about, act grossed out and perplexed, then go in and pick it up barehanded.’
    • ‘As for the other ‘most popular’ search phrases, ‘noodling’ refers to a post I did on the insane sport of barehanded fishing.’
    • ‘He's made several sterling plays in the field, including some barehanded pickups which evoked memories of the departed Scott Brosius.’
    • ‘Instinctively, Hunter tried to field the ball barehanded - an unfortunate decision, as it turned out - and incurred a hairline fracture to his right thumb.’
    1. 1.1 Carrying no weapons.
      • ‘Thanks to Tokyo's unique technology, I was fast enough and strong enough to fight barehanded.’
      • ‘I pictured him as someone who would return every evening after day long barehanded street fights with hardened warrior men.’
      • ‘With a sword he would've taken care of them easily but barehanded fighting wasn't his strong point.’
      • ‘It was fine if he had a sword in his hand, but barehanded he was at a disadvantage, his instincts trying to call upon natural weapons he didn't have.’
      • ‘This is how he went up against William the Bloody twice, barehanded, and lived to whimper about his bruises.’
      • ‘Anyway, off in the distance we saw some angels and demons fighting barehanded.’
      • ‘In normal circumstances, she might risk taking on the men barehanded, but not when she was pregnant.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, from the way they talk, you would think that they spent their days storming enemy bunkers barehanded.’
      • ‘Come on guys I think it goes without saying that in barehanded combat Haikon would have ripped either of you apart if you had been alone.’
      • ‘She was strong when it came to physical combat, but not even she was crazy enough to take on a Geno barehanded.’
      • ‘Evading the first blow, Trachoma struck out, barehanded, seizing his adversary's wrist and snapping it like a dry twig.’
      • ‘Beowulf meets Grendel, and a battle ensues - Beowulf uses no weapon against Grendel, and fighting barehanded, rips off his arm.’
      • ‘They're asking whether it could have been terrorism and talking about the security holes in the system: and talking about the possibility of people taking on the crew barehanded.’
      • ‘The fighters had changed to barehanded combat now.’
      • ‘Chase discarded what remained of his claymore while Jun raised his hands to fight barehanded.’
      • ‘Merlin almost effortlessly blocked her bolt barehanded, but stopping her second one took considerable effort.’
      • ‘I'm not an expert in barehanded fighting, but I struggled with bullies in my time, and I still remember how to punch.’
      • ‘His father was stabbed in the chest, and his mother then endured the longest and bloodiest struggle as she bravely put up a barehanded fight against her attacker.’