What does handsome mean?

Definitions for handsome
ˈhæn səmhand·some

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word handsome.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. handsome(Verb)

    To render handsome.

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  2. handsome(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  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.

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  4. handsome(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  5. handsome(Adjective)

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

    a handsome style, etc.

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  6. handsome(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  7. handsome(Adjective)

    Ample; moderately large.

    Etymology: compare handzaam.

  8. handsome(Adjective)

    Having a good appearance

    Etymology: 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.

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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How to say handsome in sign language?

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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. Ted CRUZ:

    The contrast with the Democratic debate where every fawning questions from the media was which of you was more handsome and wise, let me be clear, the men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate.

  2. Dominic Riccitello:

    I believe he loved a lot of things about me, yet was afraid to accept. He said he never ended it because he never wanted to, that it wasn’t his intention. I believed him. I believed him because I know the fear of change and what could be. When he looked me in the eye, I smiled. I just smiled and nodded my head as I knew who he was and who he wanted to become. I’m not crazy or insane or obsessed, and no, I don’t want him back. It is what it was, I feel from afar and my emotions will always be. I’ll always love him, this life and next and I’ll always believe we met in a past life where we graced until death. But until once more, I hope your ride is lovely and just remember handsome, it’ll always be alright and I’m by your side until the end of time.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A woman always considers herself to be pretty even if she is not; a man even being handsome often finds himself to be not. An exception can be in both the genders, but more in men than in women.

  4. Boris Nemtsov:

    He was seen as a handsome, charismatic, open and energetic man. An artistic orator with a biting tongue ... And of course Boris will be missed like spice, which in small doses can give a rich taste.

  5. Greg Louganis:

    I looked up and saw this handsome man with glasses and a bow tie, i hoped that it was him. And it was.

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