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

    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
    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 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
    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

    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
    get 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 or 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
    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

    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

    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
    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

    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
    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