free-handed


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free-handed

adj
generous or liberal; unstinting
ˌfree-ˈhandedly adv
ˌfree-ˈhandedness n

free′-hand′ed



adj.
1. generous; liberal.
adv.
[1650–60]
free′-hand′ed•ly, adv.
free′-hand′ed•ness, n.
Translations

free-handed

[friːˈhændɪd] adjgeneroso/a
References in classic literature ?
They are, in short, peasants, plain homely people, without any taint of disreputable blood, and, as the saying is, old rusty Christians, but so rich that by their wealth and free-handed way of life they are coming by degrees to be considered gentlefolk by birth, and even by position; though the wealth and nobility they thought most of was having me for their daughter; and as they have no other child to make their heir, and are affectionate parents, I was one of the most indulged daughters that ever parents indulged.
He would have liked to be able to say that his daughter's talents were appreciated, and that her crooked little daubs commanded a market; but it seemed a scandal to abuse the credulity of this free-handed stranger, who, without a suspicion or a question, had admitted him to equal social rights.
Fowler was a very kind-spoken, free-handed gentleman," said Mrs.
And imagine me, who had melted a silver spoon in my mouth--a sizable silver spoon steward--imagine me, my old sore bones, my old belly reminiscent of youth's delights, my old palate ticklish yet and not all withered of the deviltries of taste learned in younger days--as I say, steward, imagine me, who had ever been free-handed, lavish, saving that dollar and a half intact like a miser, never spending a penny of it on tobacco, never mitigating by purchase of any little delicacy the sad condition of my stomach that protested against the harshness and indigestibility of our poor fare.