well-favoured (comparative more well-favoured, superlative most well-favoured)
- (dated) Good-looking or pleasing to the eye; handsome.
- Antonym: ill-favored
a. 1631, John Donne, Satire I:
Now leaps he upright, Joggs me, & cryes, Do you see
Yonder well favoured youth? Which? Oh, 'tis hee
That dances so divinely; […]
1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Daniel 1:4:
Children in whom was no blemish, but well fauoured, and skilfull in all wisedome, and cunning in knowledge, and vnderstanding science, […]
1841 February–November, Charles Dickens, “Barnaby Rudge”, in Master Humphrey’s Clock, volume III, London: Chapman & Hall, […], →OCLC, chapter 36, page 143:
‘‘The name is entered on the list as a woman,’’ replied the secretary. ‘‘I think she is the tall spare female of whom you spoke just now, my lord, as not being well-favoured, who sometimes comes to hear the speeches—along with Tappertit and Mrs Varden.’’
1897, Thomas Anstey Guthrie, Baboo Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee, B.A., New York: D. Appleton and Company, Chapter XIII, pages 97–98:
E.g., there were two young lady-performers alleged by the programme to be "Serios and Bone Soloists," whereas they were the reverse of lugubrious; nor were their physiognomies fleshless or osseous; but, on the contrary, so shapely and well-favoured that Jessie did remonstrate with me upon the perseverance with which I gazed at them.
handsome; pleasing to the eye