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handsome

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

hand +‎ -some, compare Dutch handzaam.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhænsəm/
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  • Hyphenation: hand‧some

AdjectiveEdit

handsome (comparative more handsome or handsomer, superlative most handsome or handsomest)

  1. (obsolete) Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Robynson, Utopia:
      That they [engines of war] be both easy to be carried and handsome to be moved and turned about.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edmund Spenser,:
      For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was first invented for him
  2. (of a man) Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive.
    a handsome man; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.
  3. (of a woman) Striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful.
  4. Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate.
    a handsome style, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Felton,:
      Easiness and handsome address in writing.
  5. Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
    Handsome is as handsome does.
  6. Ample; moderately large.
    a handsome salary
    • (Can we date this quote?) V. Knox,:
      He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money.
  7. Having a good appearance
    • 2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, BBC Sport:
      City have lapped up the plaudits this season for a series of handsome wins but manager Roberto Mancini has demanded that his side also learn to grind out results when they do not play well. He now has an example to point to.

Derived termsEdit

  • to do the handsome thing

SynonymsEdit

  • (agreeable, attractive, pleasing): pretty

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

handsome (third-person singular simple present handsomes, present participle handsoming, simple past and past participle handsomed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To render handsome.