Definitions for handsomeˈhæn səm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hand•some*ˈhæn səm(adj.)-som•er, -som•est.

  1. having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking:

    a handsome boy; a handsome couple.

  2. having pleasing proportions or arrangements, as of shapes or colors; attractive:

    a handsome interior.

  3. considerable, ample, or liberal in amount:

    a handsome fortune.

  4. gracious; generous:

    a handsome compliment.

  5. adroit; graceful:

    a handsome speech.

* Syn: See beautiful.

Origin of handsome:

1350–1400; ME handsom easy to handle (see hand , -some1)

hand′some•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fine-looking, good-looking, better-looking, handsome, well-favored, well-favoured(adj)

    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion

    "a fine-looking woman"; "a good-looking man"; "better-looking than her sister"; "very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome"- Thackeray; "our southern women are well-favored"- Lillian Hellman

  2. big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded(adj)

    given or giving freely

    "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. handsome(adjective)ˈhæn səm

    (of a male) attractive, good-looking

    He was tall and handsome.

  2. handsomeˈhæn səm

    (of money) a large amount

    a handsome profit

Wiktionary

  1. handsome(Verb)

    To render handsome.

  2. handsome(Adjective)

    Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons.

  3. handsome(Adjective)

    Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive.

    a handsome man; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.

  4. handsome(Adjective)

    Striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful.

  5. handsome(Adjective)

    Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate.

    a handsome style, etc.

  6. handsome(Adjective)

    Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.

  7. handsome(Adjective)

    Ample; moderately large.

  8. handsome(Adjective)

    Having a good appearance

  9. Origin: compare handzaam.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handsome

    dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons

  2. Handsome

    agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely; -- expressing more than pretty, and less than beautiful; as, a handsome man or woman; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse

  3. Handsome

    suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc

  4. Handsome

    evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous

  5. Handsome

    ample; moderately large

Freebase

  1. Handsome

    Handsome is the debut album of the Ian Dury rock group Kilburn and the High-Roads. The band had apparently originally wanted to call the album No Hand Signals.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handsome' in Adjectives Frequency: #690


Translations for handsome

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

handsome(adjective)

(usually of men) good-looking

a handsome prince.

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