- 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 handsomer
And I wonder if his palace was handsomer than the Khedive's?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It makes you handsomer than ever; and who so handsome as you at any time, my pretty one!'Barnaby Rudge
One evening, Laurent found her looking younger and handsomer.Therese Raquin
There's not a handsomer girl in Ireland; and as to skin, she 's not as brown as her father.Barrington
Charles James Lever
He grew up to be a fine man; some thought him handsomer than my father.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- (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 handsomer
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]