Last modified on 8 February 2015, at 15:23



Etymology 1Edit

pan + handle


panhandle (plural panhandles)

  1. The handle of a pan.
  2. (cartography, US) On a map, where a part of a political entity forms a longish extension such that it resembles the handle of a pan, as with a frying 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 2Edit

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, by a bum.