handsome +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈhæn(d).səm.li/
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  • Hyphenation: hand‧some‧ly


handsomely (comparative more handsomely, superlative most handsomely)

  1. In a handsome or attractive manner.
    a handsomely brooding man
    dress handsomely
  2. 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[1]:
      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.
  3. 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.
  4. (nautical) Carefully; in shipshape style; without undue haste.