handsome

Definitions

  • "Oh, don't hurt me!" cried Tom. "I only want to look at you; you are so handsome"
    "Oh, don't hurt me!" cried Tom. "I only want to look at you; you are so handsome"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj handsome 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"
    • adj handsome 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Handsome 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.
    • Handsome Ample; moderately large. "He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money."
    • Handsome Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons. "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."
    • Handsome Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous. "Handsome is as handsome does."
    • Handsome Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc. "Easiness and handsome address in writing."
    • v. t Handsome To render handsome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • handsome Easy to handle or use; handy; ready; convenient.
    • handsome Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; pleasing in proportions and aspect; having symmetry or harmony of parts; well formed and well attired, equipped, or arrayed: as, a handsome person or face; a handsome building; a handsome display.
    • handsome Graceful in manner; marked by propriety and ease; becoming; appropriate: as, a handsome style; a handsome delivery or address.
    • handsome Such as to suit one's convenience or desires; ample; large; on a liberal scale: as, a handsome income or outlay.
    • handsome Characterized by or expressive of generosity or magnanimity: as, a handsome apology; a handsome action.
    • handsome Synonyms Pretty, Fair, etc. See beautiful.
    • handsome To make handsome; render pleasing or attractive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Handsome han′sum good-looking, well-proportioned, graceful: with dignity: liberal or noble: generous: ample
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Quotations

  • Anita Brookner
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    “She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.”
  • A. H. Euwer
    A. H. Euwer
    “As a beauty I'm not a great star. Others are handsomer far; but my face -- I don't mind it because I'm behind it; it the folks out in front that I jar.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Do not employ handsome servants.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy%20Parker
    “I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.”
  • J. Paul Getty
    J.%20Paul%20Getty
    “There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hand, + -some,. It at first meant, dexterous; cf. D. handzaam, dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and E. handy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hand and -some; cf. Dut. handzaam.

Usage

In literature:

It has a wide and handsome High Street, leading down to the harbour.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was a large and handsome letter with a big red seal.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
It is so funny that you should be called Handsome.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
Mr. Copley, do you know Dolly is very handsome?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
As I recall that occasion I can see her handsome face surmounted by a huge fluffy pink cap.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Surely this King was handsomer than any in the book.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
And while he stood thus in indecision, the handsome stranger approached him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
There are not many as manly and handsome as was Philemon.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
There she sat in her chair and recalled how handsome the lover of her dream was, and how truly she already loved him.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Strangers would pause to admire the pretty child on her cream-colored pony cantering beside the dark, handsome man.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

Hostess.
What is that to us?
He always pays his way, and handsomely.
I wish there were more like him.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
O, once I lov'd a bonnie lass,
Aye, and I love her still;
And whilst that virtue warms my breast
I'll love my handsome Nell.
"Handsome Nell" by Robert Burns
“A handsome smith my father was,
And Verland hight was he:
Bodild they call’d my mother fair;
Queen over countries three:
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
Handsome still with hood and tonsure,
E'en as when the boy Pedrillo,
Insolent with youth and beauty,
Who reviled the gentle Rabbi.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
Settle down and close those eyes
Now the birds and beasts are sleeping,
Settle down my handsome darling
The Lord has you in His keeping.
"Wensleydale Lullaby" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
What else could the enemy do but yield
To a handsome importuning!
A gallant blade with a lute for shield
All night at her lattice mooning!
"At The Corregidor’s" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Butler plays George, a former soccer star and a big, handsome Scot, which is the actor's heritage, although he has rarely been Scottish on screen.
The handsome bluffs of Point Loma were reflected in the calm, clear waters on the tide pool area Sunday, a mirror-like effect that lasted for hours.
The handsome production design notwithstanding, The Awakening (** out of four.
Bean and a whimsical Tumblr featuring its handsome male models called "Your LL Bean Boyfriend".
Bean and a whimsical Tumblr featuring its handsome male models called "Your LL Bean Boyfriend.".
The "Your LL Bean Boyfriend" Tumblr site includes screen shots of Bean 's handsome male models along with Maine-centric captions concocted by Liz Pride of Cape Elizabeth.
He'll play Dominic, a handsome and mysterious heartthrob who may not be as sweet as he seems in the Selena Gomez Disney Channel telepic.
It's the late 1950s and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie .
Guapo Cocina Mexicano is Slinging a Cool, Handsome Michelada in Yonkers.
Bean and a whimsical Tumblr featuring its handsome male models called "Your LL Bean Boyfriend .".
He's handsome and is kind to me, my kids and my family.
WE ARE HANDSOME, an Australian brand, combined 20 photos to create the hand-sewn "Los Angeles" bathing suit (also pictured, "Africa," each $265).
Calvin Klein was spotted out to dinner with two handsome men -- and was so distracted he left his credit card behind.
The handsome walnut seed tray has an aluminum bottom screen for drainage.
It's a handsome, masculine accessory that looks cool whether you're a punk rocker or a guy who just wants a little attitude.
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In science:

Ostrovsky ”Handsome Gentleman.” [Krasavets muzhchina.] Dependence of the inverted rank on the frequency.
Negative dimension in general and asymptotic topology
For the minimization, we have used (for this work) a modified simplex algorithm40 , which is robust but time-consuming; however, computing times were reasonable. A derivativebased algorithm (Newton, in progress) should give a handsome acceleration.
Nanoparticle size distribution estimation by full-pattern powder diffraction analysis
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