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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. panhandler(noun)

    a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money


  1. panhandler(Noun)

    One who panhandles; an urban beggar who typically stands on a street with an outstretched container in hand, begging for loose change.

  2. panhandler(Noun)

    A bum.

  3. Origin: Obscure. Speculative. Panhandling always seems to involve a container for receiving loose change, so perhaps referring to a small, handled pan.


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