hansel


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han·sel

 (hăn′səl)
n. & v.
Variant of handsel.

hansel

(ˈhænsəl)
n, vb
a variant spelling of handsel

hansel


Past participle: hanselled
Gerund: hanselling

Imperative
hansel
hansel
Present
I hansel
you hansel
he/she/it hansels
we hansel
you hansel
they hansel
Preterite
I hanselled
you hanselled
he/she/it hanselled
we hanselled
you hanselled
they hanselled
Present Continuous
I am hanselling
you are hanselling
he/she/it is hanselling
we are hanselling
you are hanselling
they are hanselling
Present Perfect
I have hanselled
you have hanselled
he/she/it has hanselled
we have hanselled
you have hanselled
they have hanselled
Past Continuous
I was hanselling
you were hanselling
he/she/it was hanselling
we were hanselling
you were hanselling
they were hanselling
Past Perfect
I had hanselled
you had hanselled
he/she/it had hanselled
we had hanselled
you had hanselled
they had hanselled
Future
I will hansel
you will hansel
he/she/it will hansel
we will hansel
you will hansel
they will hansel
Future Perfect
I will have hanselled
you will have hanselled
he/she/it will have hanselled
we will have hanselled
you will have hanselled
they will have hanselled
Future Continuous
I will be hanselling
you will be hanselling
he/she/it will be hanselling
we will be hanselling
you will be hanselling
they will be hanselling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hanselling
you have been hanselling
he/she/it has been hanselling
we have been hanselling
you have been hanselling
they have been hanselling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hanselling
you will have been hanselling
he/she/it will have been hanselling
we will have been hanselling
you will have been hanselling
they will have been hanselling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hanselling
you had been hanselling
he/she/it had been hanselling
we had been hanselling
you had been hanselling
they had been hanselling
Conditional
I would hansel
you would hansel
he/she/it would hansel
we would hansel
you would hansel
they would hansel
Past Conditional
I would have hanselled
you would have hanselled
he/she/it would have hanselled
we would have hanselled
you would have hanselled
they would have hanselled
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handsel

also hansel
noun
Chiefly British. Something bestowed freely:
Translations
Hänsel
Hannu
Hans
References in classic literature ?
Gretel wept bitter tears, and said to Hansel: 'Now all is over with us.' 'Be quiet, Gretel,' said Hansel, 'do not distress yourself, I will soon find a way to help us.' And when the old folks had fallen asleep, he got up, put on his little coat, opened the door below, and crept outside.
When they had reached the middle of the forest, the father said: 'Now, children, pile up some wood, and I will light a fire that you may not be cold.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together, as high as a little hill.
Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire, and when noon came, each ate a little piece of bread, and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near.
They knocked at the door, and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel, she said: 'You naughty children, why have you slept so long in the forest?--we thought you were never coming back at all!' The father, however, rejoiced, for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone.
When the old folks were asleep, Hansel again got up, and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before, but the woman had locked the door, and Hansel could not get out.
On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket, and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground.
'Fool!' said the woman, 'that is not your little pigeon, that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney.' Hansel, however little by little, threw all the crumbs on the path.
Then a great fire was again made, and the mother said: 'Just sit there, you children, and when you are tired you may sleep a little; we are going into the forest to cut wood, and in the evening when we are done, we will come and fetch you away.' When it was noon, Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel, who had scattered his by the way.
Hansel said to Gretel: 'We shall soon find the way,' but they did not find it.
'We will set to work on that,' said Hansel, 'and have a good meal.
When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood, she laughed with malice, and said mockingly: 'I have them, they shall not escape me again!' Early in the morning before the children were awake, she was already up, and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty, with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself:
'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand, carried him into a little stable, and locked him in behind a grated door.