Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


[man-han-dl, man-han-dl] /ˈmænˌhæn dl, mænˈhæn dl/

verb (used with object), manhandled, manhandling.
to handle roughly.
to move by human strength, without the use of mechanical appliances.
/ˈmænˌhændəl; ˌmænˈhændəl/
verb (transitive)
to handle or push (someone) about roughly
to move or do by manpower rather than by machinery

mid-15c., “wield a tool,” also, late 15c., “to attack (an enemy),” from man (n.) + handle (v.). Nautical meaning “to move by force of men” (without levers or tackle) is attested from 1834, and is the source of the slang meaning “to handle roughly” (1865).

[T]he two Canalers rushed into the uproar, and sought to drag their man out of it toward the forecastle. Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm’s way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck. [Melville, “The Town-Ho’s Story,” “Harper’s” magazine, October 1851]


To treat roughly; beat; banjax, clobber: They manhandled him pretty thoroughly before they let him go (1865+)


Read Also:

  • Manhattan

    [man-hat-n, or especially for 1, 2, muh n-] /mænˈhæt n, or especially for 1, 2, mən-/ noun 1. Also called Manhattan Island. an island in New York City surrounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 13½ miles (22 km) long; 2½ miles (4 km) greatest width; 22¼ sq. mi. (58 sq. km). 2. a […]

  • Manhattan-beach

    noun 1. a city in SW California, SW of Los Angeles.

  • Manhattan-clam-chowder

    noun 1. a chowder made from clams, tomatoes, and other vegetables and seasoned with thyme.

  • Manhattan district

    noun 1. (during World War II) the code name for a unit of US army engineers established in 1942 to construct secret sites for the development of the atomic bomb Also called Manhattan Project

Disclaimer: Manhandling definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.