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-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

How to pronounce handsome?

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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. Vladimir Mayakovsky:

    No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk-handsome, twentytwoyearold.

  2. Greta Gerwig:

    Jo is a girl with a boy's name, Laurie is a boy with a girl's name, in some ways they are each other's twins. They find each other before they've committed to a gender. It wouldn't be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters.

  3. 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,’.

  4. 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.

  5. Zhu Haifeng:

    Investing in Hong Kong stocks is the right choice, because the Hang Seng's current valuation is near historic lows; the kind of opportunity which has generated handsome returns previously.

Images & Illustrations of handsome

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