Etymology
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-handed 
in compounds, "having hands" (of a certain type), mid-14c., from hand (n.). Related: -handedness; -handedly.
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handwork (n.)
also hand-work, "work done by hand,", Old English handweorc; see hand (n.) + work (n.).
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handgun (n.)
mid-14c., of unmounted firearms, from hand (n.) + gun (n.). In modern use, "a pistol," from 1930s, American English.
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hands-off (adj.)
by 1895, from verbal phrase; see hand (n.) + off (adv.). Hands off! as a command to desist is by 1810.
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handy (adj.)
c. 1300, "skilled with the hands" (implied in surnames), from hand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "conveniently accessible" is from 1640s.
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handshake (n.)
also hand-shake, 1801, from hand (n.) + shake (n.). Hand-shaking is attested from 1805; to shake hands is from 16c.
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handgrip (n.)
also hand-grip, Old English handgripe "a grasp, a seizing with the hand;" see hand (n.) + grip (n.). Meaning "a handle" is from 1887.
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handmaid (n.)
"female servant," c. 1300, from hand (n.) in the sense in close at hand + maid. Compare Old English handþegn "personal attendant" and the original sense of handsome.
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handwriting (n.)

also hand-writing, "writing with the hand; form of writing peculiar to a person," early 15c., from hand (n.) + writing, translating Latin manuscriptum and equivalent to Greek kheirographia. Earlier was simply hand (n.) "handwriting, style of writing;" and Old English had handgewrit "handwriting; a writing."

An ordinary note in his [Horace Greeley's] handwriting is said to have been used for a long time as a railroad pass, then as a servant's recommendation, and finally taken to a drug-store as a doctor's prescription. [Frank Leslie's Magazine, August 1884]
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longhand (adj.)
also long-hand, of handwriting in full (as opposed to shorthand), 1660s, from long (adj.) + hand (n.) "handwriting."
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