Definitions for panhandleˈpænˌhæn dl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pan•han•dleˈpænˌhæn dl(n.)

  1. the handle of a pan.

  2. a long, narrow, projecting strip of a larger territory, as of a state:

    the Texas panhandle.

Origin of panhandle:


pan•han•dleˈpænˌhæn dl(v.)-dled, -dling.

  1. (v.i.)to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.

    Category: Informal

  2. (v.t.)to accost and beg from.

    Category: Informal

  3. to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.

    Category: Informal

Origin of panhandle:

1895–1900, Amer.; back formation from panhandler; so called from the resemblance of an extended arm to a panhandle1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. panhandle(noun)

    a relatively narrow strip of land projecting from some larger area

    "Wheeling is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia"

  2. panhandle(verb)

    the handle of a pan

  3. panhandle(verb)

    beg by accosting people in the street and asking for money


  1. Panhandle

    A panhandle is an American informal geographic term for an elongated arm-like protrusion of a geo-political entity, such as a subnational entity or a sovereign state.


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