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1. Requiring the use of two hands at once: a two-handed sledgehammer.
2. Made to be operated by two people: a two-handed crosscut saw.
3. Able to use both hands with equal facility; ambidextrous.
4. Having two hands.


1. requiring the use of both hands
2. ambidextrous
3. requiring the participation or cooperation of two people
ˌtwo-ˈhandedly adv


1. having two hands.
2. ambidextrous.
3. involving or requiring the use of both hands.
4. requiring or engaged in by two persons.
two′-hand′ed•ly, adv.
two′-hand′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.two-handed - equally skillful with each handtwo-handed - equally skillful with each hand; "an ambidextrous surgeon"
2.two-handed - requiring two hands or designed for two peopletwo-handed - requiring two hands or designed for two people; "a two-handed sledgehammer"; "a two-handed crosscut saw"; "a machine designed for bimanual operation"
handed - having or involving the use of hands; "a handed, tree-living animal"; "a four-handed card game"


[ˈtuːˈhændɪd] ADJde dos manos; [tool etc] → para dos manos


[ˌtuːˈhændɪd] adj (Tennis) two-handed gripimpugnatura a due mani


(tuː) noun
1. the number or figure 2.
2. the age of 2.
1. 2 in number.
2. aged 2.
having two (of something). a two-door car.
ˌtwo-ˈfaced adjective
decitful. a two-faced person.
ˌtwo-ˈhanded adjective, adverb
(to be used, played etc) with two hands. a two-handed stroke.
twosome noun
two people; a couple. They usually travel in a twosome.
ˌtwo-ˈway adjective
able to act, operate, be used etc in two ways or directions. two-way traffic; a two-way radio.
ˈtwo-year-old noun
a person or animal that is two years old.
(of a person, animal or thing) that is two years old.
in two
(broken) in two pieces. The magazine was torn in two.
References in classic literature ?
On one side of the saddle hung a short battle-axe, richly inlaid with Damascene carving; on the other the rider's plumed head-piece and hood of mail, with a long two-handed sword, used by the chivalry of the period.
And Colette's frequenters, thrillingly conscious of wrong-doing and 'that two-handed engine (the policeman) at the door,' were perhaps inclined to somewhat feverish excess.
Then up rose Will Scarlet and left them, coming back in a short time, bearing a great two-handed sword.
The rider sat astride of a saddle, as in the Butteridge machine, and he carried a large double-edged two-handed sword, in addition to his explosive-bullet firing rifle.
But a dog, clutched by the neck from the back, can never be a match for two men, gifted with the intelligence and deftness of men, each of them two-handed with four fingers and an opposable thumb to each hand.
Further on he met a sturdy black-bearded man, mounted on a brown horse, with a rosary in his right hand and a long two-handed sword jangling against his stirrup-iron.
He locked with Nelson in the cockpit of the Reindeer, and in the mix-up barely escaped being brained by an iron bar wielded by irate French Frank--irate because a two-handed man had attacked a one- handed man.
It could be done with a battle-axe or an old headsman's axe, or an old two-handed sword.
cried the Duchess, almost in hysterics, "there aren't any two-handed swords and battle-axes round here.
This Susan was as two-handed a wench (according to the phrase) as any in the country, and would, I believe, have beat the famed Thalestris herself, or any of her subject Amazons; for her form was robust and man-like, and every way made for such encounters.
We both can take punishment, an' we're both two-handed, a wallop in all our fists.
He showed her too, how the warriors, whose figures rested on the tombs, had worn those rotting scraps of armour up above--how this had been a helmet, and that a shield, and that a gauntlet--and how they had wielded the great two-handed swords, and beaten men down, with yonder iron mace.