- 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 word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for light-handed
Claudia Roden's approach to Middle Eastern culinary culture is at once light-handed and scholarly.Fresh Picks
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John Storm went home that day light-handed but with a heavy heart.The Christian
But the light-handed Partha cut them off before they could reach him.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4
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He was light-handed, quick, deferential, and soothing—a prince among Orderlies."Contemptible"
That's how I put it, in an easy, light-handed, convincing sort of way.Armadale
The medical reports promised well, and Hay's letters were as humorous and light-handed as ever.The Education of Henry Adams