having the hands lightly or only slightly encumbered, as with parcels or bundles.
having a light touch; handling things delicately and deftly.
- light-hand·ed·ly, adverb
- light-hand·ed·ness, noun
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How to use light-handed in a sentence
Claudia Roden's approach to Middle Eastern culinary culture is at once light-handed and scholarly.
Elizabeth Ann's head whirled with this second light-handed juggling with the sacred distinction between the grades.Understood Betsy | Dorothy Canfield
Much to Milly's surprise, the artist proved to have a sense of figures, light handed as he had shown himself before marriage.One Woman's Life | Robert Herrick
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
If it is blowing fresh and the ship light-handed, take it to the windlass.The Seaman's Friend | Richard Henry Dana
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