Definition of openhanded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōpənˈhandəd/


1(Of a blow) delivered with the palm of the hand: an openhanded slap to the side of the face
More example sentences
  • She punctuated her question with a sharp open-handed slap.
  • It's an open-handed slap, but powered clear from the hips, and he absolutely staggers.
  • If that fails, a strong, open-handed slap in the ear or mouth works pretty well.
2Giving freely; generous: openhanded philanthropy
More example sentences
  • If, like me, you live and work in a big city, you may at first mistrust their open-handed friendliness.
  • You are very open-handed in your aim to help your fellow man.
  • I would also like to thank Tim Barnett for his chairing, which was both fair and open-handed in its approach.
generous, magnanimous, charitable, benevolent, beneficent, munificent, bountiful, liberal, unstinting;
altruistic, philanthropic
literary bounteous



Example sentences
  • To this, Jun open-handedly received it and quickly flipped through the pages it contained, skimming the details and the data regarding the Society's secret source of information.
  • Slowly, the young angel marched closer towards the watching Stand, taking a knee about a foot away from the young boy while offering to him his trusted weapon open-handedly.


Example sentences
  • Winder's history of immigration charts an admirable course between the Scylla of racist little Britainism and the Charybdis of utopian open-handedness.
  • For here again, the emir / Federation president may see these expenditures as ways of forfending local opposition to Abu Dhabi's munificence toward the other emirates, and its open-handedness in foreign aid.
  • Such open-handedness must have war and plunder to feed it.
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