verb to handsome
adjective (more handsome or handsomer, most handsome or handsomest)
- (transitive, obsolete) To render handsome. - Donne
- (obsolete) Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons.
Etymology: From hand + -some. It at first meant dexterous; compare Dutch handzaam, dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and English handy.
- That they engines of war be both easy to be carried and to be moved and turned about. - Robynson (Utopia)
- For a thief it is so as it may seem it was first invented for him. - Spenser
- (context, of a man) Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely.
- Examples: a man; a garment, house, tree, horse.
- :Usage of handsome for a woman implies that she is not beautiful at all in the sense of female beauty.
- Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate.
- Examples: a style, etc.
- Easiness and address in writing. - Felton
- Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
- Handsome is as does. - Old Proverb
- Ample; moderately large.
- He . . . accumulated a sum of money. - V. Knox
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