From Middle English *onhande, onhende, from Old English onhende (“on hand, demanding attention”), from Proto-Germanic *anahandijaz. Equivalent to on- + hand. Cognate with Icelandic áhendur (“within reach”). Compare offhand.
- (idiomatic) Available; ready; in stock.
- If you have cornstarch on hand, use it; otherwise, try a little flour.
2011 September 29, Tom Rostance, “Stoke 2 - 1 Besiktas”, in BBC Sport:
- Rustu failed to collect a Whitehead corner, Shawcross saw his effort blocked and Crouch was on hand to bundle over the line from three yards out.