From Academic Kids
- This is about the geographical term; when used as a verb, panhandle means to approach strangers and beg for money.
A panhandle is a geographic term for a long and usually thin projection of a U.S. state. The term derives from the analogous part of a cooking pan. A panhandle is geometrically similar to a peninsula, but where a peninsula is surrounded by water, a panhandle is usually surrounded by other states or political entities.
Panhandles in the United States include:
- Alaska Panhandle
- Eastern Panhandle and Northern Panhandle in West Virginia
- Florida Panhandle
- Idaho Panhandle
- Maryland Panhandle
- Nebraska Panhandle
- Oklahoma Panhandle
- Texas Panhandle
The "panhandle" shape is usually the result of politically-established boundaries, though it may partly be influenced by geographic features such as mountain ranges.