adjective, hand·som·er, hand·som·est.
- handsome is as handsome does,
Origin of handsome
Examples from the Web for handsomer
Accordingly, a much larger and handsomer building was erected.The Popes and Science|James J. Walsh
The flowers were superb—and I don't think any of the women had a handsomer gown than I did.Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color|Brander Matthews
Lady Charlotte is handsomer than Lady Augusta: she sings better, but she has less good sense and less sweetness.The Royal Institution|Bence Jones
That is a handsomer ornament of a dinner-table than clusters of nosegays, and all sorts of uneatable decorations.Gryll Grange|Thomas Love Peacock
The world would have said, "Nothing can be handsomer than Mr. Robert Beaufort's conduct!"Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Word Origin for handsome
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]