Definition of "handout" [hand•out]

  • Food, clothing, or money given to the needy. (noun)
  • A folder or leaflet circulated free of charge. (noun)
  • A sheet or sheets of paper containing topical information, distributed to people attending a speech, lecture, or meeting. (noun)
  • A prepared news or publicity release. (noun)
  • Clothing, food, or money given to a needy person (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A leaflet, free sample, etc, given out to publicize something (noun)
  • A statement or other document distributed to the press or an audience to confirm, supplement, or replace an oral presentation (noun)
  • To distribute (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "handout" in a sentence
  • "Many Republicans have opposed the plan, which they call a handout for irresponsible homeowners and unscrupulous lenders."
  • "The people really for it are the ones just wanting a handout from the government, the rest of us are already PAYING for healthcare either in the form of insurance or out of our pockets (BY CHOICE) as it is."
  • "Anyone with a crappy car can get a free handout from the rich taxpayers to upgrade their ride."