From Middle English handel, handle, from Old English handle ("a handle"), from handlian. See verb below. Cognate with Danish handel ("a handle").
From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian ("to handle, feel, deal with, discuss"), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną, equivalent to hand + -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen, Dutch handelen, German handeln, Swedish handla, Icelandic höndla.
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