adjective, handsomer, handsomest.
having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking: a handsome man; a handsome woman.
having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive: a handsome house; a handsome interior.
exhibiting skill, taste, and refinement; well-made: a handsome story; handsome furniture.
considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortune.
gracious; generous; flattering: a handsome compliment; a handsome recommendation.
adroit and appealing; graceful: a handsome speech.

1350–1400; Middle English handsom easy to handle (see hand, -some1); cognate with Dutch handzaam tractable

handsomeish, adjective
handsomeness, noun
superhandsome, adjective

1. See beautiful. 4. large, generous, munificent.

1. ugly. 4, 5. small, miserly.
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handsome (ˈhændsəm)
1.  (of a man) good-looking, esp in having regular, pleasing, and well-defined features
2.  (of a woman) fine-looking in a dignified way
3.  well-proportioned, stately, or comely: a handsome room
4.  liberal or ample: a handsome allowance
5.  gracious or generous: a handsome action
6.  (Southwest English) pleasant: handsome weather
7.  (Southwest English) a term of endearment for a beloved person, esp in my handsome
[C15: handsom easily handled; compare Dutch handzaam; see hand, -some1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, handsom "easy to handle, ready at hand," from hand (n.) + -some. Sense extended to "fair size, considerable" (1577), then "having fine form, good-looking" (1590). Meaning "generous" (in handsome reward, etc.) first recorded 1690.
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Example sentences
My son is smart, handsome and destined to put me in an early grave.
Readers will be educated, inspired, and enthralled by this handsome book.
What man can refuse a beautiful woman, what woman can refuse a handsome man.
He was handsome, with pale blue eyes and a gentle, gap-toothed smile.
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