firsthand etymology

English word firsthand comes from English first, English hand

Detailed word origin of firsthand

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
first English (eng) Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest.. Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest. Before anything else; firstly. (obsolete) Time; time granted; respite. (countable) Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.. (countable, British, colloquial) A first-class honours degree.. (countable, baseball) first base. (countable, [...]
hand English (eng) (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.. (archaic) Agency in transmission from one person to another.. (card games) The set of cards held by a player.. (chiefly, in measuring the height of horses) Four inches, a hand's breadth.. (firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.. (heading) In [...]
firsthand English (eng) Direct, without intermediate stages.. Not previously owned or used; contrasted with secondhand.