free·​hand | \ ˈfrē-ˌhand How to pronounce freehand (audio) \

Definition of freehand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done without mechanical aids or devices freehand drawing

free hand

\ ˈfrē-ˈhand How to pronounce free hand (audio) \

Definition of free hand (Entry 2 of 2)

: freedom of action or decision

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freehand adverb

Synonyms for freehand

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of freehand in a Sentence

Adjective She took a course in freehand drawing. Noun gave him free hand in managing the club
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On set, 19-year-old artist Chella Man felt right at home in the second floor bathroom painted by Keith Haring; both Haring and Chella use a fluid, often abstract yet heavily emotive, freehand style to express themselves. Sean Bennett, Teen Vogue, 21 June 2018 And throughout, all kinds of brushes and tools enable an entire palette’s worth of colors to flow, stutter, twist, suffuse and fold, while freehand additions à la de Kooning — and Mr. Green’s earlier work, as well — occasionally flit about. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The devastating satire of Madison Avenue follows what happens when an African American activist is given a free hand at an ad agency. NBC News, 7 July 2021 The new Russian pipeline will bypass Ukraine, depriving it of about $3 billion in annual transit fees, and giving Russia a free hand to cut off supplies. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2021 The pandemic isn’t over, the highly contagious delta variant is spreading, and there’s plenty of free hand sanitizer to go around. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 Before pulling your hair through the scrunchie for the third and final time, use your free hand to split the ponytail into two sections. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 4 June 2021 Because the courts and Congress have ceded authority over trade to presidents, Donald Trump had a free hand to conduct trade policy during his presidency. Stuart Anderson, Forbes, 20 May 2021 With your free hand, hold your skin taut while your other hand moves the device down your face in short, gentle motions. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 May 2021 The agency, which has a current budget of $8.2 billion, was given a relatively free hand in choosing how to allocate the additional research funds, including providing greater support for training the next generation of scientists and engineers. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, 10 Mar. 2021 Send a friend a luxe hand care kit complete with rinse-free hand wash and hand balm to keep their skin from getting too dry. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of freehand


1841, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Freehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freehand

: done without special tools or instruments


adjective or adverb
free·​hand | \ ˈfrē-ˌhand How to pronounce freehand (audio) \

Kids Definition of freehand

: done without mechanical aids a freehand drawing


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