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Meaning of HANDSOME

Pronunciation:  'hansum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion; "a fine-looking woman"; "a good-looking man"; "better-looking than her sister"; "very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome"- Thackeray; "our southern women are well-favored"- Lillian Hellman
  2. [adj]  given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"

HANDSOME is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: beautiful, better-looking, big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, fine-looking, freehanded, generous, giving, good-looking, liberal, openhanded, well-favored, well-favoured



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hand"some\ (?; 277), a. [Compar. {Handsomer}; superl.
{Handsomest}.] [Hand + -some. It at first meant, dexterous;
cf. D. handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and E.
1. Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied
   to things as persons. [Obs.]

         That they [engines of war] be both easy to be
         carried and handsome to be moved and turned about.

         For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was
         first invented for him.               --Spenser.

2. 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.

3. Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease;
   graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style,

         Easiness and handsome address in writing. --Felton.

4. Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character;
   liberal; generous.

         Handsome is as handsome does.         --Old Proverb.

5. Ample; moderately large.

         He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money. --V.

{To do the handsome thing}, to act liberally. [Colloq.]

Syn: {Handsome}, {Pretty}.

Usage: Pretty applies to things comparatively small, which
       please by their delicacy and grace; as, a pretty girl,
       a pretty flower, a pretty cottage. Handsome rises
       higher, and is applied to objects on a larger scale.
       We admire what is handsome, we are pleased with what
       is pretty. The word is connected with hand, and has
       thus acquired the idea of training, cultivation,
       symmetry, and proportion, which enters so largely into
       our conception of handsome. Thus Drayton makes mention
       of handsome players, meaning those, who are well
       trained; and hence we speak of a man's having a
       handsome address, which is the result of culture; of a
       handsome horse or dog, which implies well proportioned
       limbs; of a handsome face, to which, among other
       qualities, the idea of proportion and a graceful
       contour are essential; of a handsome tree, and a
       handsome house or villa. So, from this idea of
       proportion or suitableness, we have, with a different
       application, the expressions, a handsome fortune, a
       handsome offer.

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