English Online Dictionary. What means handbook? What does handbook mean?
1814, from hand + book, or perhaps a reintroduction of Middle English hond book, hondebooke, from Old English handbōc (“handbook”), or a loan-translation of German Handbuch "handbook". Compare Dutch handboek, Danish håndbog, Swedish handbok.
handbook (plural handbooks)
- A topically organized book of reference on a certain field of knowledge, regardless of size.
- book hand