adjective, hand·som·er, hand·som·est.
- handsome is as handsome does,
Origin of handsome
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.
The elder girl went off, still grumbling; with her she took the handsomest silver bottle she could find in the house.Tales of Passed Times|Charles Perrault
Abdullah was considered to be the handsomest youth in Makkah.The Life of Mohammad|Etienne Dinet
She was heard to say, "That is the handsomest man I have ever seen in my life."A California Girl|Edward Eldridge
It is the handsomest street in Rome, and is lined by several fine blocks of buildings.Rambles in Rome|S. Russell Forbes
To Sophy, the newcomer was simply the handsomest young man she had ever seen in her life.The Hillman|E. Phillips Oppenheim
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]