generous; liberal.


Origin of free-handed

First recorded in 1650–60
Related formsfree-hand·ed·ly, adverbfree-hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for free-handed

Historical Examples of free-handed

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for free-handed



generous or liberal; unstinting
Derived Formsfree-handedly, adverbfree-handedness, noun
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