[han-suh m-lee]


in a handsome manner; pleasingly; successfully.

Origin of handsomely

First recorded in 1540–50; handsome + -ly
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Word Origin and History for handsomely

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

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