handsome + -ly
- IPA(key): /ˈhæn(d).səm.li/
- Hyphenation: hand‧some‧ly
handsomely (comparative more handsomely, superlative most handsomely)
- In a handsome or attractive manner.
a handsomely brooding man
- Generously (especially with regards money).
I was handsomely rewarded for my part in tracking down the thief.
2021 September 22, Guillem Balagué, “Barcelona: The toxic battle ripping apart a European giant”, in BBC Sport:
Koeman gets paid handsomely (and more or less the same amount) if he does the job, if he gets fired or if his contract gets renewed.
- Impressively, thoroughly; vigorously.
1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 73:
Still, he tucked in handsomely to bacon and tomato on fried bread, felicitating himself on the considered wisdom of his arrival in the character of guest to Bradly.
1960 February, “The dieselised St. Pancras suburban service”, in Trains Illustrated, page 95: The through Moorgate service has been most handsomely speeded up, and suburban trains in both directions now run non-stop between Kings Cross (Underground) and Elstree.
- (nautical) Carefully; in shipshape style; without undue haste.