Crossword clues for handsome
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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.]
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.
For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was first invented for him.
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.
Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc.
Easiness and handsome address in writing.
Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.
Handsome is as handsome does.
Ample; moderately large.
He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money.
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 (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
(context transitive obsolete English) To render handsome.
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]
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 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 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" 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 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.
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.