- having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking: a handsome man; a handsome woman.
- having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive: a handsome house; a handsome interior.
- exhibiting skill, taste, and refinement; well-made: a handsome story; handsome furniture.
- considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortune.
- gracious; generous; flattering: a handsome compliment; a handsome recommendation.
- adroit and appealing; graceful: a handsome speech.
Origin of handsome
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Examples from the Web for handsomest
Neither did Cary Grant, who was the greatest male movie star of all-time, and certainly one of the handsomest.
It could be that the handsomest nominees almost always deliver inferior performances.
He is a very handsome man: he is the handsomest man I ever saw, if that's all!Hetty's Strange History
Major Harper, the oldest, most refined and most soldierly of them all, was also the handsomest.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Of course the short-haired white cat is the handsomest of all.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
I shall give you the handsomest diamond-necklace that was ever made in England.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Her mouth was not the smallest, but it was the handsomest mouth in the world.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
- (of a man) good-looking, esp in having regular, pleasing, and well-defined features
- (of a woman) fine-looking in a dignified way
- well-proportioned, stately, or comelya handsome room
- liberal or amplea handsome allowance
- gracious or generousa handsome action
- Southwest English pleasanthandsome weather
- Southwest English a term of endearment for a beloved person, esp in my handsome
Word Origin and History for handsomest
c.1400, handsom "easy to handle, ready at hand," from hand (n.) + -some (1). Sense extended to "fair size, considerable" (1570s), then "having fine form, good-looking" (1580s). Meaning "generous" (in handsome reward, etc.) first recorded 1680s.
[Americans] use the word "handsome" much more extensively than we do: saying that Webster made a handsome speech in the Senate: that a lady talks handsomely, (eloquently:) that a book sells handsomely. A gentleman asked me on the Catskill Mountain, whether I thought the sun handsomer there than at New York. [Harriet Martineau, "Society in America," 1837]