hand + phone. For the sense of mobile phone, compare with Chinese 手機／手机 (shǒujī, literally “hand machine”) and Korean 손전화 (sonjeonhwa, literally “hand telephone”).
handphone (plural handphones)
- (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Hawaii) A mobile phone.
- (rare, chiefly obsolete) A telephone receiver or handset.
- → Korean: 핸드폰 (haendeupon)
- “hand phone, noun.” under “hand, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2021; “handphone, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.