Old English hond, hand “the human hand;” also “side, part, direction” (in defining position, to either right or left); also “power, control, possession” (on the notion of the hand’s grip or hold), from Proto-Germanic *handuz (source also of Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch, German hand, Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus), which is of uncertain origin
hand (verb.)c. 1400, “take charge of, seize,” from hand (n.). Earlier verbs were hend (Old English genehdan), handle. Meaning “to pass (something to someone)” is from 1640s. To hand it to (someone)“acknowledge someone’s ability or superiority” is slang from 1906, the it perhaps meant to suggest a trophy cup, award, etc. Related: Handed; handing.
Are you handy?
Are you a handful?
(I bet you’re HANDsome!)
Hands on. Hands off. HANDS UP! All hands on deck. Hands across the ocean. I want to hold your hand. Put your hand in the hand of the….I’ve got to hand it to you…on the one hand, on the other hand….first-hand, second hand. Living from hand-to-mouth, handmade. Let us walk hand in hand. Hand over hand. Sleight of hand.
Out of hand. In hand. At hand.
In good hands.
An old hand.
My hands are full. My hands are tied.
firm handshake. golden hand shake. limp handshake
handyperson, handywoman, handyman
Clocks: the minute hand, the second hand, the hour hand
How many hands high is that horse?
Measurement: a handbreadth
A handle is held by a hand.
To have on hand.
Off one’s hands.
Lay hands on someone.
I wash my hands of this!
Handicuff (put up yer dukes!)
You are a handful!
To bite the hand that feeds you.
To know something firsthand.
I head that secondhand.
To force someone’s hands.
To gain the upper hand.
To get your hands dirty.
To give a hand.
To lend a hand. (Can someone borrow a hand? Would you ever get it back?)
To hand something down. A hand-me-down.
To give a hand up.
To hand something to someone on a platter.
To win hands down.
To be hands off. Or hands on.
To have blood on one’s hands.
To act with a heavy hand.
When the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.
I know it like the back of my hand. (How well do you know the back of your hand?)
What we do with our hands
gesture, touch, clap, wring, hand-writing, stir, soothe, touch, caress, drive, drink, eat, paint, pat, tap, sign, stroke, slap (if we’re Batman), wash, handshake, scratch, reach, grab, carry, blow kisses, wave, hold….
(Source: https://www.etymonline.com/word/hand. I checked our dictionary at home which has several pages of words deriving from the root word “hand”)