Translation of "hand" - English-French dictionary


nounhand /hænd/
countable the part of your body with fingers
main feminine

Hold your knife in your right hand.
Tiens ton couteau dans ta main droite.
hold hands
(of two or more people) to hold each other's hand
se tenir (par) la main

They walked along holding hands.
Ils marchaient en se tenant la main.
shake hands
to greet sb by moving their hand up and down with yours
se serrer la main

They shook hands politely.
Ils se serrèrent poliment la main.
(get/take your) hands off
used to tell sb not to touch
pas touche informal

Hands off the camera!
Ne touchez pas à la caméra !
raise your hand
to put up your hand because you want to speak
lever la main

Raise your hand if you know the answer.
Levez la main si vous connaissez la réponse.
to put up your hand because you want to speak
lever la main

Raise your hand if you know the answer.
Levez la main si vous connaissez la réponse.
countable one of the parts of a clock or watch that points to the numbers
aiguille feminine

the small/big hand
la petite/grande aiguille
singular help or assistance
coup masculine de main

Would you like a hand carrying that?
Voulez-vous un coup de main pour porter ça?
give sb a hand
to help sb
donner un coup de main à qqn

Let me give you a hand with the cooking.
Laisse-moi te donner un coup de main pour la cuisine.
lend a hand
to help
donner un coup de main

If everyone lends a hand we'll finish quickly.
Si tout le monde donne un coup de main nous aurons vite fini.
at hand
near enough to reach or get easily
à portée de la main

I usually keep a bottle of water at hand.
Je garde généralement une bouteille d'eau à portée de la main.
by hand
made or done be a person, not a machine
à la main

The fruit has to be picked by hand.
Il faut cueillir ces fruits à la main.
in sb's hands
sb's responsibility
entre les mains de qqn

The future of the company is in his hands.
L'avenir de la société est entre ses mains.
on hand
available to be used

volunteers on hand to help
des bénévoles disponibles pour aider
on one hand ... on the other hand
used for introducing two opposing opinions
d'une part... d'autre part , d'un côté... d'un autre côté

On one hand I'd love to see them, but on the other hand it's a long way to travel.
D'un côté je serais ravi de les voir mais d'un autre côté c'est une longue distance à parcourir.
out of hand
out of control

The party was getting out of hand.
La soirée échappait à tout contrôle.
out of sb's hands
no longer in sb's control
qui n'est plus du ressort de qqn

The matter is out of my hands.
L'affaire n'est plus de mon ressort.


verb transitivehand /hænd/
to give sth to sb with your hand

He handed her an envelope.
Il lui donna une enveloppe.

Lea handed the note to Dad.
Léa a donné la note à Papa.

hand back

verb phrasalhand back [ ˈhænd ˈbæk ]
to return sth with your hands

I handed the book back to her.
Je lui ai rendu le livre.

hand down

verb phrasalhand down [ ˈhænd ˈdaʊn ]
to give sth to a younger family member

a beautiful gold watch that he handed down to his grandson
une magnifique montre en or qu'il a transmise à son petit-fils

hand in

verb phrasalhand in [ ˈhænd ˈɪn ]
to give an assignment to a teacher to be graded

Please hand in your papers at the beginning of class.
S'il vous plaît, rendez vos devoirs au début du cours.
Brit to turn in sth that has been found
rapporter , remettre

My wallet was handed in at the police station.
Quelqu'un a rapporté mon portefeuille au poste de police.

hand out

verb phrasalhand out [ ˈhænd ˈaʊt ]
to distribute to people

a boy handing out leaflets in the streets
un garçon distribuant des tracts dans les rues

hand over

verb phrasalhand over [ ˈhænd ˈoʊvər ]
to give sb or sth to sb in authority
remettre , rendre , livrer

The prisoners were handed over to government officials.
Les prisonniers ont été remis aux agents du gouvernement.

(Translation of “hand” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)


noun /hӕnd/

the part of the body at the end of the arm.

She injured her left hand.
People often shake hands when they meet for the first time.

a pointer on a clock, watch etc

Clocks usually have an hour hand and a minute hand.

a person employed as a helper, crew member etc

ouvrier, ière, membre de l’équipage
a farm hand
All hands on deck!

help; assistance

coup de main
Can I lend a hand?
Give me a hand with this box, please.

a set of playing-cards dealt to a person

main, jeu
I had a very good hand so I thought I had a chance of winning.

a measure (approximately centimetres) used for measuring the height of horses

a horse of 14 hands.


The note was written in a neat hand.
handful noun

as much as can be held in one hand

a handful of sweets.

a small number

Only a handful of people came to the meeting.

a person etc difficult to control

(personne) qui donne du fil à retordre
Her three children are a (bit of a) handful.
handbag noun

(American usually purse) a small bag carried by women, for personal belongings.

sac à main
handbill noun

a small printed notice.

handbook noun

a small book giving information about (how to do) something

a handbook of European birds
a bicycle-repair handbook.
handbrake noun

(in a car, bus etc) a brake operated by the driver’s hand.

frein à main
handcuff verb

to put handcuffs on (a person)

passer les menottes à
The police handcuffed the criminal.
handcuffs noun plural

steel rings, joined by a short chain, put round the wrists of prisoners

a pair of handcuffs.
hand lens noun

a magnifying-glass held in the hand.

handmade adjective

made with a person’s hands or with tools held in the hands, rather than by machines

fait à la main
handmade furniture.
hand-operated adjective

actionné à la main
a hand-operated drill.
hand-picked adjective

chosen very carefully

trié sur le volet
a hand-picked team of workers.
handshake noun

the act of grasping (a person’s) hand eg as a greeting.

poignée de main
a firm handshake
handstand noun

the gymnastic act of balancing one’s body upright in the air with one’s hands on the ground.

arbre droit
The gymnasts were practising handstands.
handwriting noun

writing with a pen or pencil

Today we will practise handwriting.

the way in which a person writes

Your handwriting is terrible!
handwritten adjective

The letter was handwritten, not typed.
at hand

(with closeor near) near

tout près
The bus station is close at hand.


Help is at hand.
at the hands of

from, or by the action of

entre les mains de
He received very rough treatment at the hands of the kidnappers.
be hand in glove (with someone)

to be very closely associated with someone, especially for a bad purpose.

être de mèche avec
The mafia chief was hand in glove with a number of corrupt police officials.
by hand

with a person’s hand or tools held in the hands, rather than with machinery

à la main
All our furniture is made by hand.

not by post but by a messenger etc

par porteur
This parcel was delivered by hand.
fall into the hands (of someone)

to be caught, found, captured etc by someone

tomber entre les mains de
He fell into the hands of bandits
The documents fell into the wrong hands (= were found, captured etc by someone who was not supposed to see them).
force someone’s hand

to force someone to do something either which he or she does not want to do or sooner than he or she wants to do it.

forcer la main (à)
I tried to force his hand by reminding him that he’d pormised to help us.
get one’s hands on

to catch

mettre la main sur
If I ever get my hands on him, I’ll make him sorry for what he did!

to get or obtain

trouver, dénicher
I’d love to get my hands on a car like that.
give/lend a helping hand

to help or assist

donner un coup de main
I’m always ready to give/lend a helping hand.
hand down

to pass on from one generation to the next

These customs have been handed down from father to son since the Middle Ages.
hand in

to give or bring to a person, place etc

The teacher told the children to hand in their exercise books.
hand in hand

with one person holding the hand of another

la main dans la main
The boy and girl were walking along hand in hand
Poverty and crime go hand in hand.
hand on

to give to someone

passer à
When you have finished reading these notes, hand them on to someone else in the class.
hand out

to give to several people; to distribute

The teacher handed out books to all the pupils
They were handing out leaflets in the street.
handout noun

a leaflet or a copy of a piece of paper with information given to students in class, distributed at a meeting etc

You’ll find the diagram on page four of your handout.

money, clothes etc given to a very poor person or a beggar.

He lives off handouts.
hand over

to give or pass; to surrender

remettre, livrer
We know you have the jewels, so hand them over
They handed the thief over to the police.
hand over fist

in large amounts, usually quickly

comme de l’eau
He’s making money hand over fist.
hands down

very easily

haut la main
You’ll win hands down.
hands off!

do not touch!

bas les pattes!
Those chocolates are mine. Hands off!
hands-on adjective

practical; involving active participation

We’re looking for someone who has hands-on experience with computers.
hands up!

raise your hands above your head

haut les mains!
‘Hands up!’ shouted the gunman.
hand to hand

with one individual fighting another at close quarters

(au) corps-à-corps
The soldiers fought the enemy hand to hand
hand-to-hand fighting.
have a hand in (something)

to be one of the people who have caused, done etc (something)

être pour qqch. dans
Did you have a hand in the building of this boat / in the success of the project?
have/get/gain the upper hand

to (begin to) win, beat the enemy etc

prendre l’avantage/le dessus (sur)
The enemy made a fierce attack, but failed to get the upper hand.
hold hands (with someone)

to be hand in hand with someone

se tenir par la main
The boy and girl walked along holding hands (with each other).
in good hands

receiving care and attention

en bonnes mains
The patient is in good hands.
in hand

not used etc; remaining

We still have $10 in hand.

being dealt with

bien en main
We have received your complaint and the matter is now in hand.
in the hands of

being dealt with by

entre les mains de
This matter is now in the hands of my solicitor.
keep one’s hand in

to remain good or skilful at doing something by doing it occasionally

garder la main
I still sometimes play a game of billiards, just to keep my hand in.
off one’s hands

no longer needing to be looked after etc

qui n’est plus à la charge de
You’ll be glad to get the children off your hands for a couple of weeks.
on hand

near; present; ready for use etc

sous la main
We always keep some candles on hand in case there’s a power failure.
(on the one hand) … on the other hand

an expression used to introduce two opposing parts of an argument etc

d’une part… d’autre part
On the one hand, cars are extremely useful for getting around. On the other hand, they cause a lot of pollution.
out of hand

unable to be controlled

The angry crowd was getting out of hand.
shake hands with (someone) / shake someone’s hand

to grasp a person’s (usually right) hand, in one’s own (usually right) hand, as a form of greeting, as a sign of agreement etc.

(se) serrer la main
The two leaders shook hands and posed for the cameras.
a show of hands

at a meeting, debate etc, a vote expressed by people raising their hands.

à main levée
The issue was decided by a show of hands.
take in hand

to look after, discipline or train.

prendre en main
to hand

here; easily reached

à portée de (la) main, sous la main
All the tools you need are to hand.



to give (something) to someone by hand

donner, rendre, transmettre
I handed him the book
He handed it back to me
I’ll go up the ladder, and you can hand the tools up to me.

to pass, transfer etc into another’s care etc

remettre, retourner
That is the end of my report from Paris. I’ll now hand you back to Fred Collins in the television studio in London.

(Translation of “hand” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)