What does handsome mean?

Definitions for handsome
ˈhæn səmhand·some

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

  2. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. handsomeverb

    To render handsome.

  2. handsomeadjective

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

  3. handsomeadjective

    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. handsomeadjective

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

  5. handsomeadjective

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

    a handsome style, etc.

  6. handsomeadjective

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

  7. handsomeadjective

    Ample; moderately large.

  8. handsomeadjective

    Having a good appearance

  9. Etymology: compare handzaam.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HANDSOMEadjective

    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.

  2. To Handsomeverb

    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.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handsome

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. handsome

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handsome in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handsome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of handsome in a Sentence

  1. George Foreman:

    Muhammad Ali talked, Muhammad Ali was handsome, Muhammad Ali did wonderful things, if you were 16 years old and wanted to copy somebody, it had to be Muhammad Ali.

  2. American Proverb:

    You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

  3. Ben Moorhead:

    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.

  4. Read MoreWhat the 59-year-old:

    If I was on a one to 10 scale of being handsome, I was an eight and now I've gone to an 11.

  5. Doris Day:

    We can re-balance and give them back volume in a very masculine, healthy, natural and handsome way without making them look ‘done,’.

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