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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
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  • He knew what all men were to know in time, that neither Newcastle nor Pitt were as free-handed as Walpole.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • 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
  • He was perfectly generous and free-handed with his money, which seemed pretty plentiful.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They are always telling you how generous you are,—how free-handed,—how benevolent.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • She took the largest view of hospitality and Nick had never seen her so splendid, so free-handed, so gracefully active.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • Did he admit by that time that you were a good, free-handed liar?

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • He was a handsome man with his twisted mustache and Napoleon goatee, free-handed with his money, widely liked.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • "An easy-going, free-handed gentleman," said Ames, the butler.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What a contrast this free-handed country to the mean spirit of Newfoundland!

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

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for free-handed


generous or liberal; unstinting
Derived Forms
free-handedly, adverb
free-handedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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