heavy-handed

[hev-ee-han-did]

adjective

oppressive; harsh: a heavy-handed master.
clumsy; graceless: a heavy-handed treatment of the theme.

Nearby words

  1. heavy spar,
  2. heavy water,
  3. heavy-bearded,
  4. heavy-duty,
  5. heavy-footed,
  6. heavy-hearted,
  7. heavy-ion treatment,
  8. heavy-laden,
  9. heavy-water reactor,
  10. heavyset

Origin of heavy-handed

First recorded in 1625–35

Related formsheav·y-hand·ed·ly, adverbheav·y-hand·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for heavy-handed

heavy-handed

adjective

clumsy
harsh and oppressive
Derived Formsheavy-handedly, adverbheavy-handedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for heavy-handed

heavy-handed

adj.

also heavyhanded, 1630s, originally "weary" or "clumsy;" from heavy (adj.) + handed. Sense of "overbearing" is first recorded 1883.

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