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pan·han·dle 1

v. pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling, pan·han·dles Informal
To approach strangers and beg for money or food.
1. To approach and beg from (a stranger).
2. To obtain by approaching and begging from a stranger: panhandled money. See Synonyms at cadge.

[Back-formation from panhandler, beggar : perhaps pan + handler.]

pan′han′dler n.

pan·han·dle 2

1. The handle of a pan.
2. often Panhandle A narrow strip of territory projecting from a larger, broader area, as in Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.panhandler - a beggar who approaches strangers asking for moneypanhandler - a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
beggar, mendicant - a pauper who lives by begging


Informal. One who begs habitually or for a living:
Slang: bummer, moocher.


[ˈpænhændləʳ] N (US) (= beggar) → pordiosero/a m/f


[ˈpænhændlər] n (US) (= beggar) → mendiant(e) m/f


[ˈpænˌhændləʳ] n (Am) (fam) → accattone/a
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Last month I passed the same panhandler every time I returned from hunting my "secret" pond.
We've all been there--stopped at an intersection with the ever-present panhandler gazing in our car window.

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