Definition and Meanings for handsome

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Handsome is ranked 3,868 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of handsome

adjective, comparative, superlative, transitive verb

Etymology of handsome

hand + -some. it at first meant, dexterous; cf. d. handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and e. handy

Meaning of handsome


as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons.
  • agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely; -- expressing more than pretty, and less than beautiful; as, a handsome man or woman; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.
  • suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc.
  • evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
  • ample; moderately large.

as transitive verb

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