Definitions for handsome
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word handsome.
fine-looking, good-looking, better-looking, handsome, well-favored, well-favouredadjective
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, openhandedadjective
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"
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
Etymology: compare handzaam.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: handsaem, Dutch, ready, dexterous.
For a thief it is so handsome, as it may seem it was first invented for him. Edmund Spenser.
A great man entered by force into a peasant’s house, and, finding his wife very handsome, turned the good man out of his dwelling. Joseph Addison, Guardian.
That easiness and handsome address in writing, which is hardest to be attained by persons bred in a meaner way, will be familiar to you. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.
To render elegant or neat.
Etymology: from the adjective.
Him all repute
For his device in handsoming a suit;
To judge of lace he hath the best conceit. John Donne.
Handsome generally refers to a man who is physically attractive in a dignified and pleasant way. It is often associated with well-proportioned features, cleanliness, and a neat appearance. Moreover, it can also refer to something large in quantity, impressive, or substantial. Additionally, in a broader sense, it can be used to describe anything that is fine or superior in quality.
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
han′sum, adj. good-looking, well-proportioned, graceful: with dignity: liberal or noble: generous: ample.—adv. Hand′somely.—n. Hand′someness. [Hand and -some; cf. Dut. handzaam.]
A word to express the beauty in a male human being.
We do like to complement a gentleman and affirm they are handsome.
Submitted by MaryC on August 21, 2020
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Handsome is ranked #94311 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Handsome surname appeared 194 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Handsome.
76.2% or 148 total occurrences were Black.
14.4% or 28 total occurrences were White.
4.6% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
3% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'handsome' in Adjectives Frequency: #690
The numerical value of handsome in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of handsome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
What mother doesn't want her son to be strong, well-built, handsome and smart?
The American ideal is youth -- handsome, empty youth.
I'm still making a very handsome living doing what I'm doing, the boom hasn't died, but it's slowed down to the point beyond just needing warm bodies.
No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk-handsome, twentytwoyearold.
I do not mean to suggest that our handsome, newly enlarged library is to be a headquarters of busy bookworms, old and young, routinely absorbing knowledge by the hour while birds sing outside and the Mets fight it out for last place in the National League. On the contrary, a good library is a joyful place where the imagination roams free, and life is actively enriched.
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Translations for handsome
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- stattlich, hübsch, schGerman
- apuesto, guapo, hermosoSpanish
- kaunis, komeaFinnish
- eireachdailScottish Gaelic
- טוב מראהHebrew
- bèlHaitian Creole
- jóképű, jóvágásúHungarian
- գեղեցիկ, սիրունArmenian
- belle, belInterlingua
- ganteng, tampanIndonesian
- scitulus, pulchrumLatin
- pen, kjekkNorwegian
- przystojny, pięknyPolish
- hábil, belo, jeitosa, bem-apanhada, bonitoPortuguese
- arătos, chipeș, abil, frumosRomanian
- đẹp traiVietnamese
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