Translation of "hand" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /hænd/ us /hænd/

A1 the part of your body on the end of your arm that has fingers

I had my hands in my pockets.
by hand

B1 done or made by a person and not a machine

a mano
This sweater has to be washed by hand.
hold hands

If two people hold hands, they hold each other’s hand.

darse la mano, ir de la mano
out of hand

out of control

Things got a little out of hand at the party and three windows were broken.

one of the long, thin pieces that point to the numbers on a clock or watch

give someone a hand

B1 to help someone

echar una mano a alguien
Could you give me a hand with these suitcases?
on the one hand… on the other hand…

used when you are comparing two different ideas or opinions

por un lado… por otro lado…
On the one hand, I’d like more money, but on the other hand, I don’t want to work.
get your hands on someone

to catch someone

pillar a alguien
I’ll kill him if I ever get my hands on him.
verb uk /hænd/ us /hænd/

B1 to give something to someone

Could you hand me that book, please?

(Translation of “hand” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


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

manecilla, aguja
Clocks usually have an hour hand and a minute hand.

a person employed as a helper, crew member etc

trabajador, operario
a farm hand
All hands on deck!

help; assistance

mano, ayuda
Can I lend a hand?
Give me a hand with this box, please.

a set of playing-cards dealt to a person

mano, cartas
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

dar mucha guerra, ser difícil de controlar
Her three children are a (bit of a) handful.
handbag noun

a small bag carried by women, for personal belongings

a designer handbag.
handbill noun

a small printed notice.

prospecto, folleto
handbook noun

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

manual (de instrucciones)
a handbook of European birds
a bicycle-repair handbook.
handbrake noun

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

freno de mano
Don’t forget to put on the handbrake if you stop on a slope.
handcuff verb

to put handcuffs on (a person)

esposar, poner las esposas
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.
handgun noun

a small gun that you hold with one hand when you fire it

illegal possession of a handgun.
hand lens noun

a magnifying-glass held in the hand.

hand luggage noun

the small bags that passengers are allowed to take with them on board a plane

equipaje de mano
Passengers are permitted to carry one item of hand luggage with them.
handmade adjective

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

hecho a mano
handmade furniture.
hand-operated adjective

a hand-operated drill.
hand-picked adjective

chosen very carefully

escogido/seleccionado (cuidadosamente)
a hand-picked team of workers.
handshake noun

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

apretón de mano
a firm handshake.
handstand noun

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

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

cerca, al lado
The bus station is close at hand.


a mano
Help is at hand.
at the hands of

from, or by the action of

de manos 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

ser uña y carne
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

a mano
All our furniture is made by hand.

not by post but by a messenger etc

en mano
This parcel was delivered by hand.
fall into the hands (of someone)

to be caught, found, captured etc by someone

caer en (las) manos/garras (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

forzar la mano a alguien
I tried to force his hand by reminding him that he’d promised to help us.
get one’s hands on

to catch

poner las manos encima de alguien, echar el guante a alguien
If I ever get my hands on him, I’ll make him sorry for what he did!

to get or obtain

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

to help or assist

echar una mano
I’m always ready to give/lend a helping hand.
hand down phrasal verb

to pass on from one generation to the next

transmitir, pasar
These customs have been handed down from father to son since the Middle Ages.
hand in phrasal verb

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

de la mano
The boy and girl were walking along hand in hand

with two things being related and happening together

de la mano
Poverty and crime go hand in hand.
hand on phrasal verb

to give to someone

dar, entregar
When you have finished reading these notes, hand them on to someone else in the class.
hand out phrasal verb

to give to several people; to distribute

distribuir, repartir
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

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

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

limosna, dádiva, caridad
He lives off handouts.
hand over phrasal verb

to give or pass; to surrender

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

(amasar una fortuna) rápidamente, hacerse de oro, (ganar dinero) a espuertas
He’s making money hand over fist.
hands down

very easily

sin mover un dedo
You’ll win hands down.
hands off!

do not touch!

no toques, quita las manos
Those chocolates are mine. Hands off!
hands-on adjective

practical; involving active participation

We’re looking for someone who has hands-on experience of using this type of software.
hands up!

raise your hands above your head

arriba las manos
’Hands up!’ shouted the gunman.
hand to hand

with one individual fighting another at close quarters

cuerpo a cuerpo
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)

intervenir/participar/contribuir en
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

llevar ventaja
The enemy made a fierce attack, but failed to get the upper hand.
hold hands (with someone)

to be hand in hand with someone

dar(se) la mano
The boy and girl walked along holding hands (with each other).
in good hands

receiving care and attention

en buenas manos
The patient is in good hands.
in hand

not used etc; remaining

en el haber, disponible
We still have $10 in hand.

being dealt with

entre manos
We have received your complaint and the matter is now in hand.
in the hands of

being dealt with by

en manos 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

no perder la práctica
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

quitarse de encima, librarse de, verse libre 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

a mano; de reserva
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

por un lado… por el otro
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

dar(se) la mano, estrechar(se) la mano
The two leaders shook hands and posed for the cameras.
a show of hands noun

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

votación a mano alzada
The issue was decided by a show of hands.
take in hand

to look after, discipline or train.

tomar a su cargo, encargarse de
He took the young apprentice in hand and taught him well.
to hand

here; easily reached

a mano
All the tools you need are to hand.

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