[han-suh m-lee]


in a handsome manner; pleasingly; successfully.

Origin of handsomely

First recorded in 1540–50; handsome + -ly
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Examples from the Web for handsomely

Contemporary Examples of handsomely

Historical Examples of handsomely

  • "No romance here," he said to himself, looking down the handsomely carpeted stone stairs into the bright modern hall.


    Wilkie Collins

  • Luiz Sebastian brought his handsomely malevolent face close to the other's hideous countenance.

    Prisoners of Hope

    Mary Johnston

  • Handsomely framed and glazed, in carved oak of an antique pattern, 22s.

    William Blake

    Algernon Charles Swinburne

  • Had not he regularly and handsomely subscribed to the monthly, and the national, and the Ackworth School Stocks?

  • Even by the imperfect light of the moon, Jeanie could observe that he was handsomely dressed, and had the air of a person of rank.

Word Origin and History for handsomely

1540s, "conveniently," from handsome + -ly (2). Meaning "attractively" is from 1610s; "liberally" from 1735.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper