drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids: a freehand map.


in a freehand manner: to draw freehand.

Origin of freehand

First recorded in 1860–65; free + hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for freehand

Historical Examples of freehand

  • All of the children seemed to be naturally gifted at freehand drawing.


    J. Dryden Kuser

  • The stiffness of the lines and circles reminds one more of ruler and compass than of the freehand work of prehistoric artists.

  • His Studies, avowedly classed as exercises of dexterity, stand to those of other writers as pictures to freehand drawing.

  • By art teaching I hasten to say that I do not mean giving children lessons in freehand drawing and perspective.

  • The reproduction of the freehand sketch of Magersfontein will show the strength of the ground taken up by the enemy.