Old English handboc "handbook, manual;" see hand (n.) + book (n.). It translates Latin manualis, and was displaced in Middle English by manual (from French), and later in part by enchiridion (from Greek). Reintroduced 1814 in imitation of German Handbuch, but execrated through much of 19c. as "that very ugly and very unnecessary word" [Richard Chenevix Trench, "English Past and Present," 1905].
1. This material has been extracted from "Collins Good Wood Handbook".
2. The Association gives a free handbook to all new members.
3. Her mother bought a handbook of English grammar for her last Sunday.
4. None of them has got a handbook to tourists.
5. We often turn to this handbook for information on transistors.