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 Dictionary entry overview: What does handsome mean? 

HANDSOME (adjective)
  The adjective HANDSOME has 2 senses:

1. pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
2. given or giving freely

  Familiarity information: HANDSOME used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

HANDSOME (adjective)

Sense 1handsome [BACK TO TOP]


Pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion


better-looking; fine-looking; good-looking; handsome; well-favored; well-favoured

Context examples:

a fine-looking woman / a good-looking man / better-looking than her sister / very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome / our southern women are well-favored


beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)

Sense 2handsome [BACK TO TOP]


Given or giving freely


giving; bountiful; bounteous; bighearted; openhanded; freehanded; handsome; liberal; big

Context examples:

was a big tipper / the bounteous goodness of God / bountiful compliments / a freehanded host / a handsome allowance / Saturday's child is loving and giving / a liberal backer of the arts / a munificent gift / her fond and openhanded grandfather


generous (willing to give and share unstintingly)

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