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[lahyt-han-did] /ˈlaɪtˈhæn dɪd/
having the hands lightly or only slightly encumbered, as with parcels or bundles.
having a light touch; handling things delicately and deftly.
Origin of light-handed
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
Related forms
light-handedly, adverb
light-handedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for light-handed
Contemporary Examples
  • Claudia Roden's approach to Middle Eastern culinary culture is at once light-handed and scholarly.

    Fresh Picks Jody Adams April 27, 2010
Historical Examples
  • John Storm went home that day light-handed but with a heavy heart.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But the light-handed Partha cut them off before they could reach him.

  • He was light-handed, quick, deferential, and soothing—a prince among Orderlies.

    "Contemptible" "Casualty"
  • That's how I put it, in an easy, light-handed, convincing sort of way.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • The medical reports promised well, and Hay's letters were as humorous and light-handed as ever.

  • The anchor was weighed, and the transport ran out under her fore-topsail, as they were light-handed, and had to secure the anchor.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • light-handed as we were, and without an efficient head, I was aware that our situation was a critical one.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • Elizabeth Ann's head whirled with this second light-handed juggling with the sacred distinction between the grades.

    Understood Betsy Dorothy Canfield

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