handkerchief

['haŋkətʃɪf]
noun (plural handkerchiefs or handkerchieves -tʃi:vz) a square of cotton or other material for wiping one's nose.

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  • Handkerchief — Hand ker*chief (h[a^][ng] k[ e]r*ch[i^]f; 277), n. [Hand + kerchief.] 1. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face or hands. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handkerchief — (n.) 1520s, from HAND (Cf. hand) + KERCHIEF (Cf. kerchief) cloth for covering the head. Thus it is a one word contradiction in terms. By form handkercher was in use 16c. 19c. A dropped handkerchief as a token of flirtation or courtship is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • handkerchief — The recommended plural is handkerchiefs, not handkerchieves …   Modern English usage

  • handkerchief — ► NOUN (pl. handkerchiefs or handkerchieves) ▪ a square of cotton or other material for wiping one s nose …   English terms dictionary

  • handkerchief — [haŋ′kər chif΄, haŋ′kərchēf΄] n. pl. handkerchiefs [haŋ′kərchifs΄, haŋ′kərchivz΄, ] also [ haŋ′kərchēfs΄, haŋ′kərchēvz΄] [ HAND + KERCHIEF] 1. a small, square piece of linen, cotton, silk, etc., for wiping the nose, eyes, or face, or carried or… …   English World dictionary

  • Handkerchief — A handkerchief (also called handkercher or hanky) is a form of a kerchief, typically a square of fabric that can be carried in the pocket, for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one s hands or blowing one s nose, but also used as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Handkerchief — BUNDLE (Handkerchief) Handkerchief of linen. Same as Romals. HANDKERCHIEF This word is not met with earlier than the 16th century and was corrupted by the addition of pocket or neck. It is called a hand cloth in the dialect of Lincolnshire, and… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • handkerchief — noun /ˈhæŋkətʃɪf,ˈhæŋkɚtʃɪf/ a) A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands. b) A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.… …   Wiktionary

  • handkerchief — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clean ▪ crumpled, dirty ▪ pocket ▪ lace, linen, paper, silk …   Collocations dictionary

  • handkerchief */ — UK [ˈhæŋkə(r)ˌtʃɪf] / US [ˈhæŋkərtʃɪf] noun [countable] Word forms handkerchief : singular handkerchief plural handkerchiefs or handkerchieves UK [ˈhæŋkə(r)ˌtʃiːvz] / US [ˈhæŋkərtʃɪvz] a small square piece of cloth or paper used for wiping your… …   English dictionary

  • handkerchief —   Hainakā, hinakā.    ♦ Pocket handkerchief, hainakā pa eke, hainakā pakeke.    ♦ Paper handkerchief, hainakā pepa …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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