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handsome

[han-suh m] /ˈhæn səm/
adjective, handsomer, handsomest.
1.
having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking:
a handsome man; a handsome woman.
2.
having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive:
a handsome house; a handsome interior.
3.
exhibiting skill, taste, and refinement; well-made:
a handsome story; handsome furniture.
4.
considerable, ample, or liberal in amount:
a handsome fortune.
5.
gracious; generous; flattering:
a handsome compliment; a handsome recommendation.
6.
adroit and appealing; graceful:
a handsome speech.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English handsom easy to handle (see hand, -some1); cognate with Dutch handzaam tractable
Related forms
handsomeish, adjective
handsomeness, noun
superhandsome, adjective
Synonyms
1. See beautiful. 4. large, generous, munificent.
Antonyms
1. ugly. 4, 5. small, miserly.
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  • 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.
  • He came across as a lanky, handsome hipster doing an impression of a 13-year-old skater.
  • He was a handsome gentleman, and the ladies liked him.
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  • The book comes with a handsome poster.
  • Jack is a fading actor with the indestructible optimism of the formerly handsome.
  • I'll be the handsome one on crutches.
British Dictionary definitions for handsome

handsome

/ˈhændsəm/
adjective
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
noun
7.
(Southwest English) a term of endearment for a beloved person, esp in my handsome
Derived Forms
handsomely, adverb
handsomeness, noun
Word Origin
C15: handsom easily handled; compare Dutch handzaam; see hand, -some1
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Word Origin and History for handsome
adj.

c.1400, handsom "easy to handle, ready at hand," from hand (n.) + -some (1). Sense extended to "fair size, considerable" (1570s), then "having fine form, good-looking" (1580s). Meaning "generous" (in handsome reward, etc.) first recorded 1680s.

[Americans] use the word "handsome" much more extensively than we do: saying that Webster made a handsome speech in the Senate: that a lady talks handsomely, (eloquently:) that a book sells handsomely. A gentleman asked me on the Catskill Mountain, whether I thought the sun handsomer there than at New York. [Harriet Martineau, "Society in America," 1837]
Related: Handsomeness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for handsome

handsome

Related Terms

high* wide* and handsome


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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