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handkerchief

Definition:

a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose, or as a costume accessory

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plurals:

handkerchiefs | handkerchieves

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

hankey [informal] | hankie [informal] | hanky [informal] | hdkf. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"hand" + "kerchief" "cloth for covering the head". Thus it's a one-word...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Handkerchief | handkercher | hanky

a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that can be carried in the pocket or purse, and which is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's hands or face, or blowing one's nose. A handkerchief is also sometimes... (45 of 850 words, pronunciation, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

handkerchief | hanky [informal, abbreviation] | hankie [informal, abbreviation] | handkercher [informal, abbreviation]

a small square of soft absorbent material, such as linen, silk, or soft paper, carried and used to wipe the nose, etc (22 of 471 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/handkerchief

Merriam-Webster:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural] | hankies [handkerchief, plural] | hanky [handkerchief] | kerchief [sense-specific, synonym] | babushka [synonym, sense-specific] | do-rag [synonym, sense-specific] | bandanna [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a small usually square piece of cloth used for usually personal purposes (as blowing the nose) or as a clothing accessory | "kerchief" ... (22 of 105 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/handkerchief

Oxford Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural] | nose-wiper [informal, dated] | mouchoir [rare] | muckender [rare] | snot rag [informal] | nose rag [informal] | hanky [informal] | ...

a square of cotton or other finely woven material intended for wiping one's nose (14 of 72 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/handkerchief

Wiktionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural] | hankie [plural] | hankies [plural] | handkercher [obsolete, sense-specific] | hanky [synonym, sense-specific] | pocket handkerchief [synonym, sense-specific]

A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands. | A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth. (38 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/handkerchief

Cambridge Dictionary:

handkerchief [British] | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural] | pocket-handkerchief [outdated]

a square piece of cloth used for cleaning the nose or drying the eyes when they are wet with tears (20 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/handkerchief

Macmillan British Dictionary:

handkerchief [countable] | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

a small square piece of cloth or paper used for wiping your nose or eyes (15 of 43 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/handkerchief

Random House Dictionary:

handkerchief | hanky | hankies [plural] | hdkf. [abbreviation] | mouchoir [French] | mouchoirs [French, plural] | pocket-handkerchief [sense-specific] | snot-rag [vulgar]

a small piece of linen, silk, or other fabric, usually square, and used ... | a neckerchief or kerchief. (18 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/handkerchief

New World Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural]

a small, square piece of linen, cotton, silk, etc., for wiping the nose, eyes, or face, or carried or worn for ornament | "kerchief" (23 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/handkerchief

American Heritage Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

A small square of cloth used especially for wiping the nose or mouth. | A large piece of cloth worn as a decorative article; a scarf. (25 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/handkerchief

Encarta Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

a square of cloth or absorbent paper used mainly to wipe areas of the face, especially the nose | Same as kerchief (21 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616409​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

handkerchief

First use: 1520s

Origin: "hand" + "kerchief" "cloth for covering the head". Thus it's a one-word contradiction in terms. By-form handkercher was in use 16th ... (22 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=handkerchief

Oxford Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: "hand" + "kerchief"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/handkerchief

hand | by | tie | keep | lay | lend | from | lose | spend | ...

Origin: Old English hand, hond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hand and German Hand | sense-specific: denoting the breadth ... (18 of 35 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hand

kerchief

Origin: Middle English kerchef, from Old French cuevrechief, from couvrir "to cover" + chief "head"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kerchief

Wiktionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural]

Origin: hand + kerchief.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/handkerchief

hand | hands [plural] | handed [past tense] | handing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English hand ("hand, side (in defining position), power, control, possession, charge, agency, person regarded as holder or receiver of something"), from Proto-Germanic *handuz ("hand") (compare Dutch, Swedish ... (31 of 66 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hand

kerchief [outdated] | kerchiefs [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir ("to cover") + chief ("head").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kerchief

New World Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural]

Origin: "hand" + "kerchief"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/handkerchief

hand

Origin: Middle English from Old English, akin to Gothic handus from base of -hinthan, to seize (hence, basic sense "grasper") from perhaps ... (21 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hand

kerchief

Origin: Middle English kerchef, coverchef from Old French covrechef from covrir, to "cover" + chef, the head: see "chief"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kerchief

Audio references

Wiktionary:

handkerchief | handkerchiefs [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/handkerchief

Collins Dictionary:

handkerchief

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/handkerchief

Cambridge Dictionary:

handkerchief [British] | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "handkerchief"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "handkerchief"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/handkerchief

Macmillan British Dictionary:

handkerchief [countable] | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/handkerchief

Macmillan American Dictionary:

handkerchief [countable] | handkerchiefs [plural] | handkerchieves [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "handkerchief"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/handkerchief

the Free Dictionary:

handkerchief

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "handkerchief" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

handkerchief | handkerchieves [plural] | handkerchiefs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "handkerchief"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=handkerchief

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

handkerchief

Audio: North American pronunciation of "handkerchief"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=handke​01 word=handkerchief

YourDictionary Audio:

handkerchief

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "handkerchief" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/handkerchief

freedictionary.org:

handkerchief

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "handkerchief" by speech synthesizer

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