handsome

  • 1 Handsome — Hand some (h[a^]n s[u^]m; 277), a. [Compar. {Handsomer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Handsomest}.] [Hand + some. It at first meant, dexterous; cf. D. handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and E. handy.] 1. Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 handsome — ► ADJECTIVE (handsomer, handsomest) 1) (of a man) good looking. 2) (of a woman) striking and imposing rather than conventionally pretty. 3) (of a thing) well made, imposing, and of obvious quality. 4) (of an amount) substantial; sizeable. ●… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 handsome — [han′səm, hand′səm] adj. [orig., easily handled, convenient < ME handsom: see HAND & SOME1] 1. a) Now Rare moderately large b) large; impressive; considerable [a handsome sum] 2. generous; magnan …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 handsome — (adj.) c.1400, handsom easy to handle, ready at hand, from HAND (Cf. hand) (n.) + SOME (Cf. some). Sense extended to fair size, considerable (1570s), then having fine form, good looking (1580s). Meaning generous (in handsome reward, etc.) first… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 Handsome — Hand some, v. t. To render handsome. [Obs.] Donne [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 handsome — [adj1] attractive admirable, aristocratic, athletic, august, beautiful, becoming, clean cut, comely, dapper, elegant, fair, fashionable, fine, good looking, graceful, impressive, lovely, majestic, noble, personable, pulchritudinous, robust, sharp …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 handsome — index elegant, liberal (generous), magnanimous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 handsome — 1 generous, *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, munificent Analogous words: lavish, prodigal, *profuse Contrasted words: niggardly, penurious, *stingy, parsimonious: frugal, economical, *sparing, thrifty: *meage …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 handsome — is applied equally to men and women who are, as Dr Johnson put it, ‘beautiful with dignity’. In current use there is a tendency to use the term of women only when they are middle aged or elderly …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 Handsome — For handsome as a quality of appearance see: Physical attractiveness or physical beauty. Infobox Album | Name = Handsome Type = studio Artist = Kilburn and the High Roads Released = 1975 Recorded = 1974 Genre = Rock Length = 40:10 Label = Pye… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 handsome — hand|some [ˈhænsəm] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: handsome easy to handle (15 17 centuries), from hand] 1.) a) a man who is handsome looks attractive = ↑good looking ▪ an extremely handsome young man ▪ Sam was tall, dark and handsome . ▪ his… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 handsome — hand|some [ hænsəm ] adjective ** 1. ) a handsome man or boy has a very attractive face: GOOD LOOKING: a handsome young man Joe was tall, dark, and handsome. a ) a handsome woman has an attractive face with strong and regular features 2. ) a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 handsome */*/ — UK [ˈhæns(ə)m] / US [ˈhænsəm] adjective 1) a) a handsome man or boy has a very attractive face a handsome young man Joe was tall, dark, and handsome. b) a handsome woman has an attractive face with strong and regular features 2) a) a handsome… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 handsome — [[t]hæ̱nsəm[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A handsome man has an attractive face with regular features. ...a tall, dark, handsome sheep farmer. Syn: good looking 2) ADJ GRADED A handsome woman has an attractive appearance with features that are large and… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 handsome — handsomeish, adj. handsomeness, n. /han seuhm/, adj., handsomer, handsomest. 1. having an attractive, well proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good looking: a handsome man; a handsome woman. 2. having pleasing …

    Universalium

  • 16 handsome —    Used by a woman to a man as the equivalent of ‘beautiful’, ‘gorgeous’, etc. ‘Bettina, you are mad,’ says a character in An American Dream, by Norman Mailer. ‘Better believe me, handsome,’ is the reply. In Ian Fleming’s Coldfinger, use of… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 17 handsome — adjective 1 a) a man who is handsome is attractive; good­looking b) a woman who is handsome is attractive in a strong healthy way see beautiful 2 an object, building etc that is handsome is attractive in an impressive way 3 a handsome… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 handsome — hand•some [[t]ˈhæn səm[/t]] adj. som•er, som•est 1) having an attractive, well proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good looking: a handsome boy; a handsome couple[/ex] 2) having pleasing proportions or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 handsome — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look ▪ become, grow ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 handsome — /ˈhænsəm / (say hansuhm) adjective (handsomer, handsomest) 1. of fine or admirable appearance; comely; tastefully or elegantly fine: a handsome person. 2. considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortune. 3. gracious; generous: a… …

    Australian English dictionary