from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To handle roughly.
  • transitive verb To move or handle by manpower alone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Nautical, to move by force of men, without levers or tackles; hence, to handle roughly; pull and push about, as a person, in anger or in sport.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To move, or manage, by human force without mechanical aid.
  • transitive verb To handle roughly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, nautical To move something heavy by force of men, without aid of levers, pulleys, machine, or tackles.
  • verb transitive To assault or beat up a person.
  • verb transitive To mishandle; to handle roughly; to mangle.
  • verb transitive To control (a machine, vehicle, situation, etc.) by means of physical strength.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb handle roughly


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From man (“male person”) +‎ handle.


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