from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having large hands.
  • Profuse; generous: as, large-handed charity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Fig.) Having large hands.


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  • Westley, a tall large-handed man, took to sleeping in the bar.

    White Butterfly

  • A pleasant, square-built, large-handed man with a wide, wholesome face, and a deep reserve in his eyes, which Cadfael was glad to see.

    Monk's Hood

  • Commission expected much from the Northwest, both from its earnest patriotism, and its large-handed liberality.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience

  • He is a poor wretch, with a little thin fishy blood in his body, lean and flat, long-armed and large-handed, thick-jointed and thin-muscled, -- you know those unwholesome, weak-eyed, half-fed creatures, that look not fit to be round among live folks, and yet not quite dead enough to bury.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 34, August, 1860

  • The public creditors and the taxpayers are alike interested in an honest administration of the finances, and neither class will long endure the large-handed robberies of the recent past.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • A remarkable confirmation of the theory that the Bronze Age culture came from the East is to be found in the patterns of the arms, which are distinctly oriental; while the handles of swords and daggers are so narrow and short as to make it unlikely that they would be made for use by the large-handed races of Europe.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • What should drop out of it, one day, but a small heart-shaped paper, containing a lock of that straight, coarse, brown hair which sets off the sharp faces of so many thin-flanked, large-handed bumpkins?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 18, April, 1859

  • It embraced personal leisure and the good things of life as a matter of course, a broader existence, a large-handed generosity toward the less fortunate, an intellectual elevation entirely unrelated to gross material things.

    Big Timber A Story of the Northwest

  • In this almost primeval region the large-handed fashion of primitive transactions is still in vogue.

    The Hidden Places

  • In body and features he was of that feminine delicacy which your large-handed Saxon dislikes, and though Marianne was by no means a stalwart, she detested the man at once.



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