handkerchief

[ hang-ker-chif, -cheef ]SEE DEFINITION OF handkerchief

Synonyms for handkerchief

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HANDKERCHIEF

Let it go and tuck in your handkerchief like the rest of us.

I was so enraged that she was not there, I wished to cover my face with my handkerchief.

He said, 'Throw your handkerchief to whichever of us you love.'

I was forced to turn my face from them, and pull out my handkerchief.

And when he had told her all, she sat silent, rolling her handkerchief in her fingers.

She sat with her head turned away, using her handkerchief stealthily.

I dare say he couldn't get any one to take her the handkerchief.

She dropped her handkerchief as she arose, and he picked up the trifle and gave it to her.

What did she want to keep on dabbing at her mouth with her handkerchief for!

Mr. Clotworthy sat back in his chair and rubbed his glasses with his handkerchief.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from hand + kerchief "cloth for covering the head." Thus it is a one-word contradiction in terms. By-form handkercher was in use 16c.-19c. A dropped handkerchief as a token of flirtation or courtship is attested by mid-18c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HANDKERCHIEF

bandanna

nouncolorful scarf
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