handkerchief vs hankie what difference

what is difference between handkerchief and hankie

English

Alternative forms

  • handkercher (obsolete)
  • hanky (informal)

Etymology

From hand +‎ kerchief.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhæŋkətʃiːf/, /ˈhæŋkətʃɪf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈheɪŋkɚtʃɪf/, /ˈhæŋkɚtʃɪf/

Noun

handkerchief (plural handkerchiefs or handkerchieves)

  1. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.
  2. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.

Synonyms

  • hanky
  • pocket handkerchief

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • hanky

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhæŋki/

Noun

hankie (plural hankies)

  1. (informal, abbreviation, colloquial) A handkerchief

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