handout

A handout is something that's given to a person in need. A useful handout for someone who doesn't have a home might be food, money, or clothing.

Handouts are anything that a person, government, charity, or other organization freely donates to needy people. While the word originated in the 1880s and gained popularity during the Great Depression among so-called "hobos," people who had to live entirely on the charity of others, handout has taken on a negative connotation in modern times. It's more often used to criticize the government or tax rates than to mean "a generous, thoughtful donation."

Definitions of handout
  1. noun
    giving money or food or clothing to a needy person
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    type of:
    charity
    an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
  2. noun
    an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
    synonyms: press release, release
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    type of:
    announcement, promulgation
    a public statement containing information about an event that has happened or is going to happen
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