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  • IPA(key): /ˈpænˌhændəl/

Etymology 1[edit]

From pan +‎ handle.


panhandle ‎(plural panhandles)

  1. The handle of a pan.
  2. (cartography, US) On a map, any arm or projection suggestive of the handle of a pan.
    The three counties that form the Oklahoma panhandle were originally part of the Cimmaron Strip.
    The very wide Texas panhandle butts up, at its north, against the Oklahoma panhandle.
    The Florida panhandle is the area west, along the Gulf coast, of the Florida Peninsula.
    Part of Fairfield County, Connecticut consitutes a panhandle, extending into Bronx County, New York.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probable back-formation from panhandler.


panhandle ‎(third-person singular simple present panhandles, present participle panhandling, simple past and past participle panhandled)

  1. (US) To beg for money, especially with a container in hand for receiving loose change, especially on the street, and particularly, as a bum.