Synonyms of hand in English:

hand


See definition of hand

noun

1‘big, strong hands’

SYNONYMS

fist, palm

informal paw, mitt, duke, hook, meat hook

Scottish Northern English nieve

technical manus, metacarpus

ANTONYMS

foot

2‘the clock's second hand’

SYNONYMS

pointer, indicator, needle, arrow, marker, index

3‘the concentration of wealth in the hands of the entrepreneurial class’

SYNONYMS

control, power, charge, authority

command, responsibility, guardianship, management, care, supervision, jurisdiction

possession, keeping, custody, clutches, grasp

disposal

informal say-so

literary thrall

"hands"

4‘come and give me a hand with the tidying up’

SYNONYMS

help, a helping hand, assistance, aid, support, succour, relief

a good turn, a favour, a kindness

rare abettance

ANTONYMS

hindrance

5‘his fans gave him a big hand’

SYNONYMS

round of applause, clap, handclap, ovation, standing ovation

informal applause, handclapping, praise, acclaim

ANTONYMS

booing, catcalls

6‘the document was written in his own hand’

SYNONYMS

handwriting, writing, script, longhand, letters, pen

penmanship, calligraphy, chirography

7‘a factory hand’

SYNONYMS

worker, factory worker, manual worker, unskilled worker, blue-collar worker, workman, workwoman, workperson, working man, labourer, operative, hired hand, hireling, roustabout, employee, artisan

farmhand, farm worker, field hand

crewman, sailor, deckhand

peon

Australian NZ rouseabout

Indian mazdoor, khalasi

archaic mechanical


verb

1‘he handed each man a glass’

SYNONYMS

pass, give, reach, let someone have, throw, toss

pass to, hand over to, deliver to, present to, transfer to, convey to

informal chuck, bung

ANTONYMS

take away from

2‘he handed him into a carriage’

SYNONYMS

assist, help, aid, give someone a hand, give someone a helping hand, give someone assistance

guide, convey, conduct, lead


Phrases

    at hand

      1‘you need to keep the manual close at hand’

      SYNONYMS

      readily available, available, handy, to hand, near at hand, within reach, accessible, ready, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient

      informal

      get-at-able, on tap

      ANTONYMS

      far away

      2‘the time for starting the campaign is at hand’

      SYNONYMS

      imminent, close at hand, approaching, forthcoming, coming, coming soon, about to happen, nearly on us, just around the corner, on the horizon

      impending

      ANTONYMS

      a long time away

    by hand

      ‘each chocolate is decorated by hand’

      SYNONYMS

      manually, with one's hands, using one's hands, not by machine, not mechanically, freehand

      ANTONYMS

      by machine

    from hand to mouth

      ‘they live from hand to mouth—from one benefit day to the next’

      SYNONYMS

      precariously, from day to day, not knowing where one's next meal is coming from, uncertainly, insecurely, in poverty, meagrely

      improvidently

      British

      on the breadline

      ANTONYMS

      securely, without financial worries

    get/lay one's hands on

      ‘I haven't got my hands on a copy yet’

      SYNONYMS

      obtain, acquire, come by, secure, procure, come into possession of, pick up, be given

      informal

      gain, derive, earn, achieve, attain, win, draw, reap

      informal

      buy, purchase

      informal

      get hold of, lay hold of, get one's mitts on, grab, bag, land, net

      British informal

      blag

      South African informal

      schlenter

    hand in glove

      ‘they were working hand in glove with our enemies’

      SYNONYMS

      in close collaboration, in close association, in close cooperation, very closely, closely together, in partnership, in league, in collusion

      informal

      in cahoots

    hand in hand

      1‘two small children were walking hand in hand’

      SYNONYMS

      holding hands, clasping hands, with hands clasped, with hands joined

      arm in arm

      2‘poverty goes hand in hand with war’

      SYNONYMS

      in close association, closely together, together, in partnership, closely, conjointly, concurrently, side by side, in concert

    hands down

      ‘we won hands down’

      SYNONYMS

      easily, effortlessly, with ease, with no trouble, with very little trouble, without effort, with very little effort

      informal

      by a mile, no sweat

      ANTONYMS

      with difficulty

    have a hand in something

      ‘the girls had a hand in writing the lyrics’

      SYNONYMS

      play a part in, contribute to, be a factor in, be responsible for, be partly responsible for

    in hand

      1‘the task in hand’

      SYNONYMS

      being dealt with, receiving attention, being attended to, under way

      under control

      2‘we have money in hand to cover next month's expenses’

      SYNONYMS

      available for use, ready, available, put by

      spare, in reserve

    old hand

      ‘whether you are a novice gardener or an old hand’

      SYNONYMS

      expert, past master, virtuoso, master, wizard, genius, artist, adept, professional, doyen, veteran, maestro, connoisseur, authority, grandmaster, master hand, skilled person

      informal

      ace, buff, pro, star, whizz, hotshot

      British informal

      dab hand

      North American informal

      maven, crackerjack

    on hand

      ‘police and volunteers were on hand to keep things running smoothly’

      SYNONYMS

      ready, at the ready, available, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips

      prepared, primed, on standby, standing by, on stand-to, on call, on full alert

      informal

      on tap

    out of hand

      ‘the situation was getting out of hand’

      SYNONYMS

      out of control, uncontrollable, unmanageable, ungovernable, unruly, disorderly, rowdy, wild, boisterous, difficult, disruptive, ill-disciplined, undisciplined, refractory, recalcitrant, intractable, impossible, obstreperous, fractious, wayward, incorrigible

      informal

      stroppy

      archaic

      contumacious

      ANTONYMS

      manageable, controllable

    take someone/something in hand

      ‘their parents are incapable of taking their children in hand’

      SYNONYMS

      deal with, handle, manage, cope with, tackle, take care of, take charge of, attend to, give one's attention to, see to, sort out

    to hand

      ‘the bullies pelted us with anything that was to hand’

      SYNONYMS

      readily available, available, handy, near at hand, within reach, accessible, ready, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient

      informal

      get-at-able

    try one's hand

      ‘I would like to try my hand at bonsai’

      SYNONYMS

      make an attempt at, have a shot at

      attempt, try, try out, give something a try

      informal

      have a go at, have a crack at, have a stab at, have a bash at, give something a whirl

      formal

      essay

      archaic

      assay

    hand something down

      ‘the family jewellery is handed down from generation to generation’

      SYNONYMS

      pass on, pass down

      bequeath, will, leave, leave in one's will, make over, endow, gift, transfer, give, transmit

      demise, devise

    hand something on

      ‘the drugs were handed on to a dealer’

      SYNONYMS

      give, pass, hand, transfer, grant, cede, surrender, relinquish

      part with, let go of

      bequeath, will, leave

      ANTONYMS

      receive

    hand something out

      ‘the attendant handed out prayer books’

      SYNONYMS

      distribute, hand round, give out, give round, pass out, pass round, share out, dole out, dish out, deal out, mete out, issue, circulate, dispense

      allocate, allot, apportion, disburse, disseminate

      ANTONYMS

      collect in

    hand something over

      ‘it is suggested that he might hand over power to his son’

      SYNONYMS

      yield, give, give up, pass, grant, entrust, surrender, relinquish, cede, turn over, deliver up, forfeit, sacrifice

      confer on, bestow on

      ANTONYMS

      keep