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

3hands‘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

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
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, New Zealand 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

    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

    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

    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

    get/lay one's hands on

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


    SYNONYMS
    informal

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Law

    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

    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

    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