generous; liberal: openhanded hospitality.

Origin of openhanded

1595–1605; open hand + -ed3
Related formso·pen·hand·ed·ly, adverbo·pen·hand·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for openhanded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for open-handed

Historical Examples of open-handed

  • But Bessie had the standards of an open-handed people to whom economy was not a virtue.

  • He was open-handed and unsuspicious—and wonderfully beloved.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming

  • Into this household I was received with open-handed graciousness.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

  • He had been open-handed to her as regards money, and therefore she ought not to be troublesome!

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • Consequently, the world accounted him open-handed and devoted when enamoured.

British Dictionary definitions for open-handed



generous; liberal
Derived Formsopen-handedly, adverbopen-handedness, noun
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