Handsome

Definition of Handsome

Hand´some   Pronunciation: hăn´sŭm; 277
a.1.Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; - applied to things as persons.
That they [engines of war] be both easy to be carried and handsome to be moved and turned about.
- Robynson (Utopia).
For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was first invented for him.
- Spenser.
2.Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely; - expressing more than pretty, and less than beautiful; as, a handsome man or woman; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.
3.Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc.
Easiness and handsome address in writing.
- Felton.
4.Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
Handsome is as handsome does.
- Old Proverb.
5.Ample; moderately large.
He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money.
- V. Knox.
To do the handsome thing
to act liberally.
v. t.1.To render handsome.

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