adjective hand·some \ˈhan(t)-səm\

: pleasing to look at; especially of a person : having a pleasing appearance that causes romantic or sexual feelings in someone

: large in size or amount

: done or achieved in an impressive way


Full Definition of HANDSOME

chiefly dialect :  appropriate, suitable
:  moderately large :  sizable <a painting that commanded a handsome price>
:  marked by skill or cleverness :  adroit
:  marked by graciousness or generosity :  liberal <handsome contributions to charity>
:  having a pleasing and usually impressive or dignified appearance
hand·some·ly adverb
hand·some·ness noun

Examples of HANDSOME

  1. It was a handsome house situated on a large lot.
  2. The book includes many handsome illustrations.
  3. I predict that someone tall, dark, and handsome is going to come into your life.
  4. He inherited a handsome fortune.
  5. He made a handsome profit on the sale of the house.
  6. The book is a handsome tribute to a great poet.
  7. He was a handsome man, in a big-screen way, with the deep-set eyes and boyish smile and even the lumpy, interesting complexion of a Harrison Ford or a Robert Redford. —Adam Gopnik, New Yorker, 10 May 2004

Origin of HANDSOME

Middle English handsom easy to manipulate
First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with HANDSOME


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