Definitions for handsomeˈhæn səm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hand•some*ˈhæn səm(adj.)-som•er, -som•est.
having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking:
a handsome boy; a handsome couple.
having pleasing proportions or arrangements, as of shapes or colors; attractive:
a handsome interior.
considerable, ample, or liberal in amount:
a handsome fortune.
a handsome compliment.
a handsome speech.
* Syn: See beautiful.
Origin of handsome:
1350–1400; ME handsom easy to handle (see hand , -some1)
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
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
(of a male) attractive, good-looking
He was tall and handsome.
(of money) a large amount
a handsome profit
To render handsome.
Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons.
Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive.
a handsome man; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.
Striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful.
Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate.
a handsome style, etc.
Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
Ample; moderately large.
Having a good appearance
Origin: compare handzaam.
dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons
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
suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc
evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous
ample; moderately large
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
Rank popularity for the word 'handsome' in Adjectives Frequency: #690
Translations for handsome
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(usually of men) good-looking
a handsome prince.
- aantreklik, mooiAfrikaans
- وَسيم، جَميل الطَّلْعَهArabic
- bonitoPortuguese (BR)
- flot; smukDanish
- ωραίος, ελκυστικόςGreek
- guapo, hermoso, bien parecidoSpanish
- خوش سیماFarsi
- खूबसूरत, आकर्षकHindi
- lijep, naocitCroatian
- 잘 생긴Korean
- gražus, dailusLithuanian
- glīts; izskatīgsLatvian
- pen, kjekkNorwegian
- خوش سیماPersian
- ښكي ، ښايسته ، ګلاليPashto
- snygg, stilig, vackerSwedish
- 漂亮的，英俊的Chinese (Trad.)
- đẹp traiVietnamese
- 漂亮的，英俊的Chinese (Simp.)
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