AskDefine | Define manhandle

Dictionary Definition

manhandle v : handle roughly; "I was manhandled by the police"

User Contributed Dictionary



Uncertain. From man (male person) or manual (by hand) or mangle (mutilate) + handle



  1. , To move something heavy without aid of levers, pulleys or machine
  2. To assault or beat up a person
  3. To mishandle; to handle roughly; to mangle.
    Please try not to manhandle the box containing my favorite vase.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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