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[bair-han-did] /ˈbɛərˈhæn dɪd/
adjective, adverb
with hands uncovered:
He caught the baseball barehanded.
without tools, weapons, or other means:
foolishly coming barehanded to the besieged city.
Origin of barehanded
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bare-handyd. See bare1, handed Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for barehanded
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  • Were he alone with Armand, he would hurl himself at him and try to kill him, barehanded.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • You can't just walk in on a Throg barehanded and be bound by orders such as that!

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • It was so warm in the sun that we sat about bareheaded and barehanded, yet not a frost-needle melted.

    A Northern Countryside Rosalind Richards
  • Wouldn't it have been better to attack the Indians barehanded and be killed than to let that happen?

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Put it up to Hallock barehanded: if he comes in, all right; if not, you'll put him where he'll wear stripes.

  • I couldn't even get to him barehanded because of his shield and the binder field.

    Sight Gag Laurence Mark Janifer
  • His knife he had not: barehanded he fought, frenzied by loathing of the foul monster, the foulest the sea breeds.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • Anyway we fell into each other's arms and went at it barehanded.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • He arose on shaky legs and desperately offered to prove his fitness by a barehanded six-round bout with his commanding officer.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • He could not handle it with sufficient exactness with his mitts on, and he froze his fingers doing it barehanded.

British Dictionary definitions for barehanded


adverb, adjective
without weapons, tools, etc
with hands uncovered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barehanded

also bare-handed, mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + handed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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