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verb to handsome
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To render handsome. - Donne
adjective (more handsome or handsomer, most handsome or handsomest)
  1. (obsolete) Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons.
  • 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
    1. (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.
    1. Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate.
    Examples: a style, etc.
  • Easiness and address in writing. - Felton
    1. Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
  • Handsome is as does. - Old Proverb
    1. Ample; moderately large.
  • He . . . accumulated a sum of money. - V. Knox
  • Etymology: From hand + -some. It at first meant dexterous; compare Dutch handzaam, dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and English handy.


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