Handkerchief vs Handkerchiefless - What's the difference?

handkerchief | handkerchiefless |


As a noun handkerchief

is a piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.

As an adjective handkerchiefless is

without a handkerchief or handkerchieves.

handkerchief

Alternative forms

* handkercher (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=5 citation , passage=Mr. Banks’ panama hat was in one hand, while the other drew a handkerchief across his perspiring brow.}}
  • A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.
  • Synonyms

    * hanky * pocket handkerchief

    handkerchiefless

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Without a handkerchief or handkerchieves.
  • * 1862 , Albany de Grenier Fonblanque, A tangled skein
  • The younger children were mere pocket-handkerchiefless brats, whose mission on earth seemed to be to get in the way and have their ears boxed...
  • * 1916 , Foreign Christian Missionary Society, The Missionary intelligencer
  • I saw a million handkerchiefless children. I saw hundreds of villages in which the community handkerchief, modern sanitation, was absolutely unknown.
  • * 1922 , Eliakim Littell, Robert S Littell, The Living Age
  • ...she was brought up in California, and only came to England when her character was formed ; but I never expected to have a handkerchiefless friend.
  • * 1924 , John Augustus Lapp (ed.), The Nation's Health
  • A sudden sneeze may soil the hands, especially of a handkerchiefless patient, two minutes after they are washed...