Light-handed
Light-handed Light"-hand`ed (l[imac]t"h[a^]nd`[e^]d), a. 1. (Naut.) Not having a full complement of men; as, a vessel light-handed. [1913 Webster]

2. having a metaphorically delicate touch. {heavy-handed} [WordNet 1.5]

the translation is . . . light-handed . . . and generally unobtrusive. --New Yorker.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • light-handed — [līt′han΄did] adj. 1. having a light, delicate touch 2. having little to carry …   English World dictionary

  • light-handed — adjective Date: 15th century having a light or delicate touch ; facile < a light handed translation > • light handedness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • light-handed — adjective having a metaphorically delicate touch the translation is...light handed...and generally unobtrusive New Yorker • Similar to: ↑delicate …   Useful english dictionary

  • light-handed — light handedly, adv. light handedness, n. /luyt han did/, adj. 1. short handed. 2. having the hands lightly or only slightly encumbered, as with parcels or bundles. 3. having a light touch; handling things delicately and deftly. [1400 50; late… …   Universalium

  • light-handed — light′ hand′ed adj. having a light touch; handling things delicately • Etymology: 1400–50 light′ hand′ed•ly, adv. light′ hand′ed•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • light-handed — moving delicately; carrying a light burden …   English contemporary dictionary

  • light-handed — /ˈlaɪt hændəd/ (say luyt handuhd) adjective 1. having a light, skilful, or delicate touch. 2. carrying little in the hands. 3. understaffed …   Australian English dictionary

  • light-handedly — adverb in a light handed manner • Derived from adjective: ↑light handed …   Useful english dictionary

  • light-handedness — noun see light handed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • light-handedly — See light handed. * * * …   Universalium

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