Definition of hand mill in English:

hand mill

Pronunciation /ˈhan(d) mɪl/


  • 1A hand-operated device for grinding corn, etc., consisting of two stones, the upper of which is rotated or rubbed on the lower; a quern.

  • 2A simple hand-operated machine or apparatus for grinding or reducing a solid substance other than corn to powder, pulp, etc.; (also) a similar machine or apparatus for squeezing the liquid from fruits, plants, etc., by grinding or crushing.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in 2nd Baron Berners (c1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator. From hand + mill.