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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sing-guh l han-did]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl ˈhæn dɪd/
    • /ˈsɪŋɡl hænd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sing-guh l han-did]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl ˈhæn dɪd/

Definitions of single-handed word

  • adjective single-handed accomplished or done by one person alone: a single-handed victory; single-handed sailing. 1
  • adjective single-handed by one's own effort; unaided. 1
  • adverb single-handed by oneself; alone; without aid: He built the garage single-handed. 1
  • verb with object single-handed to sail (a craft) without help from others. 1
  • adjective single-handed done by one person alone 1
  • adverb single-handed by one person, without aid 1

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Origin of single-handed

First appearance:

before 1700
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1700-10

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Parts of speech for Single-handed


single-handed popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for single-handed

adverb single-handed

  • independent — not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.

adjective single-handed

  • lone — being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied: a lone traveler.

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