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[free-han-did] /ˈfriˈhæn dɪd/
generous; liberal.
Origin of free-handed
First recorded in 1650-60
Related forms
free-handedly, adverb
free-handedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for free-handed
Historical Examples
  • If she had been notoriously of an altruistic and free-handed disposition, he could have understood it.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • They are always telling you how generous you are,—how free-handed,—how benevolent.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • If he was free-handed to other people, what was to hinder him from bein' the same way to you?'

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • Did he admit by that time that you were a good, free-handed liar?

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Antæus is free-handed because he took no part in the war with the gods.

  • "An easy-going, free-handed gentleman," said Ames, the butler.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A man gives to the free-handed, but no one gives to the close-fisted.

  • He was free-handed with his money or rather with the Starosta's.

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
  • Eliduc was wise and courteous, a comely knight, brave and free-handed.

  • They bought their upholstery as they did their pictures, with free-handed self-confidence.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for free-handed


generous or liberal; unstinting
Derived Forms
free-handedly, adverb
free-handedness, noun
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