- To conduct oneself in a specified manner:
handled herself well in the interview.
- To be able to defend oneself or fend for oneself:
Don't worry about me. I can handle myself.
- to become suddenly or violently angry or excited
- to find a means of dealing with, understanding, etc.
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Origin of Handle
From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian (“to handle, feel, deal with, discuss”), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną (“to take, grip, feel”), equivalent to hand + -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen (“to handle, treat”), Dutch handelen (“to handle, deal, act, negotiate”), German handeln (“to act, trade, negotiate, behave”), Swedish handla (“to buy, trade, deal”), Icelandic höndla (“to handle”).
From Middle English handel, handle, from Old English handle (“a handle”), from handlian (“to handle, feel, deal with, discuss”). See verb below. Cognate with Danish handel (“a handle”).
Originally Cornish-American, from Cornish hanough (“name”), later hanow (pronounced han'of or han'o).
Middle English handelen from Old English handlian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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