handsomeness

handsome

[han-suhm]
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; 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)
 
adj
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
 
n
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]
 
'handsomely
 
adv
 
'handsomeness
 
n

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handsome
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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