From Middle English hand-gripe, from Old English handgripe (“handgrip”), from Proto-Germanic *handugripiz (“handgrip”), equivalent to hand + grip. Cognate with Dutch handgreep (“handgrip, grasp”), German Handgriff (“handgrip, grasp, handle, hilt”), Danish håndgreb (“handgrip”), Swedish håndgrepp (“handgrip, handle, hilt”).
handgrip (plural handgrips)
- A handle.
- A covering (often rubber or foam) on a handle, designed to allow the user a more comfortable or more secure hold on the handle.
1994, Verolyn Bolander, Karen Creason Sorensen, Joan Luckmann, Sorensen and Luckmann's basic nursing: a psychophysiologic approach, ISBN 0721640133, page 837:
- Each cane consists of three parts: (1) the handle (which may or may not be covered by a rubber handgrip), (2) the shaft, and (3) the base (which is usually ...
- A handshake; a way of gripping hands with another person.
1988 March 11, Cecil Adams, “The Straight Dope”, Chicago Reader:
- There are also "secret" signs and handgrips, which initiates are never supposed to reveal lest they suffer a fate worse than death.
- The ability of a person (or other animal with hands) to grip something with a hand.
The two word term hand grip is also used instead, particularly when referring to the ability of a person to grip an object with his or her hand.
1991, Raoul Tubiana, “The Hand”, Science, volume 5, page 542:
- There is a severe loss of hand grip in patients with higher lesions ...