handshake etymology

English word handshake comes from English shake, English hand

Detailed word origin of handshake

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
shake English (eng) (UK, dialect) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.. (building material) A thin shingle.. (informal) Instant, second. (Especially in two shakes.). (music) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.. (nautical) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.. A basic [...]
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 [...]
handshake English (eng) (computing) An exchange of signals between two devices when communications begin in order to ensure synchronization.. The grasping of hands by two people when greeting, leave-taking, or making an agreement. (computing) To perform a handshake with another device.. To perform a handshake; to shake hands.

Words with the same origin as handshake

Descendants of shake
shack shaky