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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a healthy/handsome/tidy profit (=big)
▪ By the second year, the restaurant began to make a healthy profit.
an attractive/handsome/pleasing etc appearance
▪ Large blue eyes set in a long thin face give him a striking and attractive appearance.
pretty/beautiful/handsome etc
▪ Her face was beautiful in the morning light.
▪ And Boy was as handsome as Chance Wayne, and he smiled as easily.
▪ This kindly knight in greasy overalls is as handsome and charming a prince as any young maiden could wish to meet.
▪ A handsome fellow, but not nearly as handsome as Nevil.
▪ She was as handsome as ever, and she belonged to him.
▪ She often forgot how handsome Georg was, especially lately when he always seemed to have a scowl on his face.
▪ The picture began to tremble in the hand that held it. How handsome he had been, his first friend!
▪ Even with all this, the hollow cheeks, the scalp withered, you could still see how handsome Hugh had been.
▪ Nor could she deny how handsome he had remained.
▪ Strange how handsome he looked with the shadow concealing his ruined cheek a little.
▪ He was two years older than I, taller, more handsome, better at sport.
▪ Sometimes in Rome, in fact every day in Rome, I have seen men more handsome than Jasper.
▪ John had been best man; he looked so beautiful in morning dress, far more handsome than the groom.
▪ I had never seen a face more handsome.
▪ It was a year now since she had seen him, and he was more handsome than ever.
▪ He was still smiling, a charming, guileless smile that made him appear even more handsome than he already was.
▪ I only wish I were more handsome, as she's so beautiful.
▪ He was, she was certain, quite the most handsome man she had ever seen.
▪ Miscellaneous Fishes Batfishes of the genus Platax are among the most handsome and majestic of marine imports.
▪ Bernard's Bistro remains one of the most handsome rooms around.
So elegant he was. So handsome.
▪ Ken so handsome in the firelight and the quiet.
▪ Oh, but he was so handsome!
▪ He was so handsome and she did love him dearly, despite Gareth Davis.
▪ And the gentlemen were so handsome, too, in their Hunt livery.
▪ He was like a child, so cute, so handsome and thin.
▪ It is a little disappointing that so handsome a book offers so breathless a review of the subject.
▪ Sumner was a tall, strikingly handsome man with dark hair and a beard which turned white in old age.
▪ Both were attractive young men, but Wilfred in particular was strikingly handsome.
▪ They were wrapped in long, midnight-blue capes that disguised most of their shapes, but their uncovered faces were strikingly handsome.
▪ He was a strikingly handsome man, with shiny hair and dark skin and bright eyes.
▪ Now twenty-five winters old, Joseph was a powerfully built, strikingly handsome man.
▪ He looked so tall, so strikingly handsome in the deep blue suit and immaculate white shirt.
▪ He was petite like herself, but strikingly handsome.
▪ Supposedly very handsome, and not stupid, either.
▪ He was also very handsome and he knew it.
▪ He was quite tall and very handsome, and I guess he was his assistant.
▪ Andrew Manners had been an attractive child and now he was a very handsome man.
▪ He's about forty, very handsome - and rich.
▪ With dark hair rumpled by the wind, flushed face and those brilliantly blue eyes, he looked very handsome.
▪ I thought him very handsome when I was seven.
▪ He was a handsome devil, clever and presumably extremely well off.
▪ She said I was a handsome devil, too.
▪ Edgar Linton entered, his handsome face full of delight at receiving Catherine's unexpected invitation.
▪ He was tall and thin, with a sharp handsome face, and he walked in a loose, graceful way.
▪ Athelstan studied the extraordinarily handsome face and the beaming smile on Benedicta's.
▪ They stood up as she approached, but there was no smile of greeting on the handsome face of the younger man.
▪ The ruggedly handsome face looked impatient and his size was quite intimidating.
▪ He has a strong, handsome face, and is very popular among his people.
▪ There was a satisfied smile on his handsome face.
▪ A dark, handsome face stayed in her mind, the present man mixed with the past dream.
▪ A half-paralysed white sneering fellow-rather handsome head, but eyes with a lot of lashes.
▪ Harry Sargent had a handsome head of black hair, pale skin, and bright eyes, and affected a Byronic appearance.
▪ Rackam was supposedly a tall, dark-eyed, handsome man, and a great hand with the ladies.
▪ Sumner was a tall, strikingly handsome man with dark hair and a beard which turned white in old age.
▪ He had fine features, I thought, but he looked like every other handsome man I had ever seen.
▪ Alastair was a tall, handsome man, who would have looked very good striding over the heather in a kilt.
▪ One afternoon I was sitting in the Art Department office and an extremely handsome man in his late forties walked in.
▪ Andrew Manners had been an attractive child and now he was a very handsome man.
▪ John Kennedy was a handsome man.
▪ She loved the handsome prince who was soon to be crowned, and he loved her - or so she believed.
▪ And then there was a brilliant light and the Beast turned into a handsome prince.
▪ For tonight at least, she was Anne Mowbray, sister-in-law to the handsome prince who was soon to be crowned.
▪ And if I had turned into a handsome prince Gillian would probably have shown me - him - the door.
▪ And no fewer opportunities for turning handsome profits in the process.
▪ Another deal made while he was still in office helped net a handsome profit for his wife, Honey.
▪ By levying tolls and taxes on the traders, the owner of the fair could make a handsome profit.
▪ Hospitals can reap handsome profits that way.
▪ The ship returned with a hold full of wines and a handsome profit.
▪ Investors savvy enough to pick REITs that subsequently are taken over by other REITs stand to make handsome profits.
▪ Ford expects handsome profits from its phone business.
▪ They made handsome profits, just like the investors to whom Alexander spoke.
▪ She was a handsome woman and no mistake.
▪ As the world knows, she is a stylish, handsome woman with an intense and intelligent manner.
▪ Nevertheless, she was a handsome woman and very competent and Modi persuaded her to pose for him nude.
▪ She was a handsome woman, Deborah, she was big.
▪ Gaby, a handsome woman of 30, was a very experienced and alluring person, madly in love with Modi.
▪ A handsome woman, with a streak of sensuality.
▪ She came to visit Streatlam to look at the horses and I thought what a very handsome woman she was.
▪ She was a handsome woman, grey haired like her brother.
poor/lucky/handsome etc devil
▪ And the poor devil can't hide a thing from her.
▪ Eliot has it perhaps worse than I have - poor devil.
▪ He loathed the sterile ritual of inspections, and this poor devil in his untimely end had saved him from that.
▪ He was a handsome devil, clever and presumably extremely well off.
▪ I know bow the poor devil feels.
▪ I was driving past and tried to stop this poor devil getting beaten up.
▪ This isn't a propitious start for him, poor devil.
▪ What on earth was eating the poor devil?
▪ a handsome colonial house
▪ a handsome gray-haired woman
▪ He looks really handsome in his uniform, doesn't he?
▪ Lena had fallen in love with a rich, handsome Frenchman.
▪ My brother was two years older than me, taller, and more handsome.
▪ Ozzie left a very handsome tip on the plate.
▪ Roy is still as handsome as ever.
▪ She received a handsome reward for finding the wallet.
▪ The big oil companies made a handsome profit out of the fuel crisis.
▪ A handsome pin tucked away in the jewelry box on my dresser is testimony to this accomplishment.
▪ Bobby, gay and slender and handsome, has always lived in the ghetto.
▪ Christina backed away from Michael, whose handsome face was twisted and distorted by hatred.
▪ He was a tall, handsome man who had an air of confidence about him.
▪ His features were regular, rather ordinary, though some might well have thought him handsome.
▪ The foliage is handsome and the autumn colour is relatively long lasting, yellow and gold with the odd slash of red.
▪ The restaurant, open only for dinner, is handsome, cast in a warm golden light.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Handsome \Hand"some\ (h[a^]n"s[u^]m; 277), a. [Compar. Handsomer (-[~e]r); superl. Handsomest.] [Hand + -some. It at first meant, dexterous; cf. D. handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and E. handy.]

  1. Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons. [Obs.]

    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.

  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.

  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. [Colloq.]

    Syn: Handsome, Pretty.

    Usage: Pretty applies to things comparatively small, which please by their delicacy and grace; as, a pretty girl, a pretty flower, a pretty cottage. Handsome rises higher, and is applied to objects on a larger scale. We admire what is handsome, we are pleased with what is pretty. The word is connected with hand, and has thus acquired the idea of training, cultivation, symmetry, and proportion, which enters so largely into our conception of handsome. Thus Drayton makes mention of handsome players, meaning those who are well trained; and hence we speak of a man's having a handsome address, which is the result of culture; of a handsome horse or dog, which implies well proportioned limbs; of a handsome face, to which, among other qualities, the idea of proportion and a graceful contour are essential; of a handsome tree, and a handsome house or villa. So, from this idea of proportion or suitableness, we have, with a different application, the expressions, a handsome fortune, a handsome offer.


Handsome \Hand"some\, v. t. To render handsome. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.\n\n[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]

\nRelated: Handsomeness.\n
  1. 1 (context obsolete said of things and people English) dexterous; skillful 2 (context of a man English) Visually attractive; pleasant looking. 3 (context of a woman English) striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful. 4 Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate. 5 Generous or noble in character 6 ample; moderately large. 7 Having a good appearance v

  2. (context transitive obsolete English) To render handsome.

  1. adj. pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion; "a fine-looking woman"; "a good-looking man"; "better-looking than her sister"; "very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome"- Thackeray; "our southern women are well-favored"- Lillian Hellman [syn: fine-looking, good-looking, better-looking, well-favored, well-favoured]

  2. given or giving freely; "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" [syn: big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, liberal, openhanded]

Handsome (Kilburn and the High-Roads album)

Handsome is the debut album of the Ian Dury rock group Kilburn and the High-Roads.

The band had apparently originally wanted to call the album No Hand Signals.

The photo on the back cover was the inspiration for the Madness 'duck walk' on the front cover of their album (and single) One Step Beyond.

Handsome (Handsome album)

Handsome is the only studio album by Handsome and was produced by Terry Date.

The album was issued on vinyl for the first time ever in two different editions, through 6131 Records and SRC Vinyl, respectively. 6131 pressed the album on two exclusive colors. SRC's version saw the album pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl, mastered for the format with lacquers made by Stan Ricker, inside of a matte gatefold jacket which fits the exclusive 7 inch including the B-Sides "Closer" and "Spill". Both reissues were released in mid-September 2013.


Handsome may refer to:

  • Physical attractiveness
  • Human physical appearance
Handsome (song)

"Handsome" is a song from English indie rock band The Vaccines. The track was released in the United Kingdom on 8 March 2015 as the lead single from the band's third studio album, English Graffiti (2015). The track received its premiere on BBC Radio 1 when it featured as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World on 19 January. "Handsome" was written by Young, Cowan, Árnason and Robertson and produced by the band alongside David Fridmann and Cole MGN.

Handsome (band)

Handsome was an American rock supergroup formed in 1996. The group's lineup was singer Jeremy Chatelain, guitarists Peter Mengede (formerly of Helmet), Tom Capone (formerly of Quicksand), bassist Eddie Nappi, and drummer Pete Hines (formerly of Cro-Mags and Murphy's Law). Capone would leave the group in 1997, replaced by Donni Campion (formerly of Electric Love Hogs). They released one album, Handsome (1997), through Epic/ Sony before disbanding in 1998.

Handsome (EP)

Handsome is the debut extended play by American post-hardcore band Tar, released in 1989 through Amphetamine Reptile Records exclusively on 12" vinyl format. The entire extended play was included on the compact disc edition of the band's follow up studio album Roundhouse.

Usage examples of "handsome".

A handsome young physician and leading patriot allied with Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, Warren had been one of the worthiest men of the province.

He was handsome, much infatuated with his own opinions, and an honest man, Adams believed.

As handsome a tribute as any to Adams appeared in the Washington Federalist.

Grandmother Adelia reclines on a chaise, a heavy-lidded, handsome woman, in many draperies and a long double string of pearls and a plunging, lace-bordered neckline, her white forearms boneless as rolled chicken.

His handsome smile was a sight to behold, but Althea barely bothered to glance at it.

Amid the crowd was a dark, handsome youth, in Andalusian garb, who seemed to fix on her an eye of agony.

The worst Thom could discover was that Amathera had convinced two handsome young lords that each was the true love of her life and Andric only a means to an end.

Spanish moss from the pillared veranda of an antebellum mansion by an imposing liveried black, the sun gleaming on the strong lineaments of his brow arching disdainfully as a decrepit horse and buggy bearing an aging woman and a handsome intense young man standing to snap his whip imperiously came close for an exchange of unheard words to be pointed scornfully on their way, glimpsed from behind a curtain by a ravishingly beautiful young woman in negligee in their retreat back down the drive.

Nevertheless, she never forgot her youthful flutters around Antonio Thorndyke, the cool, handsome, dark-eyed Spaniard.

She was wrapped in a woolen arisaid, but even that was fastened by a handsome cairngorm brooch.

Even by the exacting standards of Aristos, he was uncommonly handsome.

Monicah and I shared our table with Vice Admiral Cuomo and the Tanzanian representative, a handsome Arusha woman who clearly disapproved of the festivities.

Young maids were set atwitter by the notion that such a daring and handsome gallant would be housed in the manor, but their smiles drooped in disappointment when the word was given that his lordship would be taking his lady to his country estate when the morning came.

The temple is very handsome, the baldachino is superb, and the bronzes and brasses on the altar are specially fine.

Miss Ballister on occasion and thought her quite a handsome girl, Susannah looked particularly pretty this evening.