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handsome

pleasing and dignified: a handsome gentleman; bounteous, liberal: a handsome reward
Not to be confused with:
hansom – a two-wheeled covered carriage with the driver’s seat at the back: We went for a ride through Central Park in a hansom cab.
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hand·some

 (hăn′səm)
adj. hand·som·er, hand·som·est
1.
a. Pleasing in form or appearance, especially having strong or distinguished features: a handsome man; a woman with a handsome face.
b. Having stately or attractive proportions or appearance; impressive: a handsome manor; a sleek, handsome car. See Synonyms at beautiful.
2. Large in amount or measure; generous or considerable: a handsome reward; won by a handsome margin.
3. Marked by or requiring skill or dexterity: did some handsome maneuvers on the skating rink.
4. Appropriate or fitting: a handsome location for the new school.

[Middle English handsom, handy : hand, hand (from Old English) + -som, n. suff.; see -some1.]

hand′some·ly adv.
hand′some·ness n.
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handsome

(ˈhændsəm)
adj
1. (of a man) good-looking, esp in having regular, pleasing, and well-defined features
2. (of a woman) fine-looking in a dignified way
3. well-proportioned, stately, or comely: a handsome room.
4. liberal or ample: a handsome allowance.
5. gracious or generous: a handsome action.
6. Southwest English pleasant: handsome weather.
n
Southwest English a term of endearment for a beloved person, esp in my handsome
[C15: handsom easily handled; compare Dutch handzaam; see hand, -some1]
ˈhandsomely adv
ˈhandsomeness n
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hand•some

(ˈhæn səm)

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.
2. having pleasing proportions or arrangements, as of shapes or colors; attractive: a handsome interior.
3. considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortune.
4. gracious; generous: a handsome compliment.
5. adroit; graceful: a handsome speech.
[1350–1400; Middle English handsom easy to handle (see hand, -some1)]
hand′some•ly, adv.
hand′some•ness, n.
syn: See beautiful.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.handsome - pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportionhandsome - 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
beautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party"
2.handsome - given or giving freelyhandsome - 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"
generous - willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

handsome

adjective
2. generous, large, princely, liberal, considerable, lavish, ample, abundant, plentiful, bountiful, sizable or sizeable They will make a handsome profit on the property.
generous mean, small, base, cheap, selfish, meagre, stingy, miserly, ungenerous
Proverbs
"Handsome is as handsome does"
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handsome

adjective
2. Characterized by bounteous giving:
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Translations
كبير، سَخِيوَسِيموَسيم، جَميل الطَّلْعَه
hezkýpěknýpohledný
smukanseligflotklækkelig
komea
zgodan
myndarlegurmyndarlegur, ríflegur
ハンサムな
잘 생긴
gražumas
glītsizskatīgskrietnsprāvs
čeden
stilig
หล่อ
yakışıklıbüyük miktarda
đẹp trai

handsome

[ˈhænsəm] ADJ (handsomer (compar) (handsomest (superl)))
1. (= attractive) [man] → guapo, bien parecido; [building, house, furniture] → bello, espléndido
a tall boy with a handsome faceun chico alto y guapo de cara
a handsome womanuna mujer or señora de bandera, una buena moza (LAm)
a handsome animalun magnífico animal
2. (= considerable) [fortune, profit] → cuantioso; [salary, sum] → generoso, espléndido; [increase, rise] → importante
to make a handsome profit (on sth)conseguir cuantiosos beneficios (de algo)
3. (= convincing) [win, victory] → amplio, holgado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

handsome

[ˈhænsəm] adj
(= good-looking) [man] → beau(belle); [woman] → beau(belle)
He's very handsome → Il est très beau.
[profit] → considérable; [salary] → bon(ne); [gift] → généreux/euse
[win, victory] → beau(belle)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

handsome

adj
(= good-looking) man, womangut aussehend; (= well-built)stattlich; face, featuresattraktiv; animal, building, place, furnitureschön; (= elegant)elegant; (= imposing)stattlich, imposant; he is handsome/has a handsome faceer sieht gut aus; handsome is as handsome does (Prov) → edel ist, wer edel handelt
(= large) profit, return, increase, salaryansehnlich; rewardgroßzügig; sumstolz, stattlich; win, victorydeutlich, entscheidend; a handsome 57 per centansehnliche 57 Prozent; to win a handsome victoryüberlegen gewinnen
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handsome

[ˈhænsəm] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (gen) → bello/a; (salary) → buono/a; (considerable, profit, fortune) → considerevole, grosso/a; (reward) → generoso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

handsome

(ˈhӕnsəm) adjective
1. (usually of men) good-looking. a handsome prince.
2. very large; generous. He gave a handsome sum of money to charity.
ˈhandsomely adverb
ˈhandsomeness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

handsome

وَسِيم pohledný smuk gut aussehend γοητευτικός bien parecido komea beau zgodan attraente ハンサムな 잘 생긴 knap flott przystojny bonito привлекательный stilig หล่อ yakışıklı đẹp trai 英俊的
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

handsome

a. guapo-a, hermoso-a, distinguido-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
JUPITER ISSUED a proclamation to all the beasts of the forest and promised a royal reward to the one whose offspring should be deemed the handsomest. The Monkey came with the rest and presented, with all a mother's tenderness, a flat-nosed, hairless, ill-featured young Monkey as a candidate for the promised reward.
Prince Alphege was at this time fourteen years old, and the handsomest and most engaging youth imaginable.
The second of these children was a daughter, whose name was Molly, and who was esteemed one of the handsomest girls in the whole country.
All the ladies had on their handsomest jewels, but it was characteristic of the house and the occasion that these were mostly in rather heavy old-fashioned settings; and old Miss Lanning, who had been persuaded to come, actually wore her mother's cameos and a Spanish blonde shawl.
He had been given one of the handsomest apartments in the most magnificent palace in the world, and you can not wonder that his good fortune astonished and awed him until he grew used to his surroundings.
Lady Catherine herself says that, in point of true beauty, Miss de Bourgh is far superior to the handsomest of her sex, because there is that in her features which marks the young lady of distinguished birth.
Gilded it was; and the handsomest room in the Province House was adorned by it."
The others are very much admired too, but I believe Isabella is the handsomest."
"If I were not myself, but the handsomest, cleverest, and best man in the world, and were free, I would this moment ask on my knees for your hand and your love!"
They found the Princess Langwidere in her mirrored chamber, where she was admiring one of her handsomest heads--one with rich chestnut hair, dreamy walnut eyes and a shapely hickorynut nose.
He asked which was the rais of the brigantine, and was answered in Spanish by one of the prisoners (who afterwards proved to he a Spanish renegade), "This young man, senor that you see here is our rais," and he pointed to one of the handsomest and most gallant-looking youths that could be imagined.
"You will have the handsomest son in the city, certainly," said Maria; "and, possibly, the richest-- and the most learned--and, undeniably, the most admired!"