noun (plural handkerchiefs or handkerchieves /-tʃiːvz/)
- A square of cotton or other finely woven material intended for wiping one’s nose.More example sentences
pocket handkerchief; tissue, paper handkerchief• trademark KleenexScottish & Northern English napkin; French mouchoir; Indian corah, Malabar, pullicate• literary kerchief
- He sits repeatedly wiping his nose on his handkerchief, and then spreading it out on his lap like a napkin.
- I blew my nose in a napkin and blew my nose again on his handkerchief.
- Now, however, he was too ill to notice it - how the people in the car began to gasp and sputter, to put handkerchiefs to their noses, and transfix him with furious glances.