What is handkerchief?

  • (noun): A square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory.
    Synonyms: hankie, hanky, hankey


A handkerchief /ˈhæŋkərtʃɪf/, also called a handkercher or hanky, is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that can be carried in the pocket or purse, and which is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's hands or face, or blowing one's nose. A handkerchief is also sometimes used as a purely decorative accessory in a suit pocket.

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Mike Caldwell (magician) - Information
... He was known for a comedy routine in which he borrowed a young boy's handkerchief, cut a large hole in it and, after some comic by-play and several failed ... time he had done the flip for well over 50 years with a long pair of sharp scissors for the handkerchief routine in his inside pocket! After realizing he could have ...
The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief - Cover and Packaging
... initial pressings were packaged with a real tie and handkerchief and distributed to menswear stores, the concept being that the record was merely a 'free ... Terry Gilliam artwork of a tie and handkerchief, but when the inner sleeve is pulled out, it reveals that the tie and handkerchief are actually on a dead man hanging rather ...
Iraq–United States Relations - Plan To Oust Qasim
... interests in Iraq." The aim was to send Qasim a poisoned handkerchief, "which, while not likely to result in total disablement, would be certain to prevent the target from pursuing ...
CIA Activities In Iraq - Iraq 1960
... plotted to assassinate Iraqi prime minister Abd al-Karim Qasim with a poisoned handkerchief ... "The approved operation was to mail a monogrammed handkerchief containing an incapacitating agent to the colonel from an Asian country ... during the period in question, a handkerchief "treated with some kind of material for the purpose of harassing that person who received it." During the course of this Committee's investigation, the CIA stated that ...
Handkerchief - Folding Styles
... When used as an accessory to a suit, a handkerchief is known as a pocket square ... There are a wide variety of ways to fold a pocket square, ranging from the austere to the flamboyant The Presidential, perhaps the simplest, is folded at right angles to fit in the pocket ...

Famous quotes containing the word handkerchief:

    Daniel as a lad bought a handkerchief on which the Federal Constitution was printed; it is said that at intervals while working in the meadows around this house, he would retire to the shade of the elms and study the Constitution from his handkerchief.
    —For the State of New Hampshire, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)