From Middle English hond, hand, from Old English hand ("hand, side (in defining position), power, control, possession, charge, agency, person regarded as holder or receiver of something"), from Proto-West Germanic *handu ("hand"), from Proto-Germanic *handuz ("hand") (compare Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Swedish hand, German Hand, West Frisian hân), of uncertain origin. Perhaps compare Old Swedish hinna, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌷𐌹𐌽𐌸𐌰𐌽 ("to take captive, capture"); and Latvian sīts ("hunting spear"), Ancient Greek κεντέω ("prick"), Albanian çandër ("pitchfork, prop").
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