Adjective "handsome" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a man) good-looking.
  1. 'He's a very handsome guy, as you know, apparently, still good looking.'
  2. 'There is this girl who is very flirty with almost every guy she meets, especially tall, cute, handsome guys.'
  3. 'But the man in her life, a trim, handsome fellow who works as an airline pilot, was sitting on the edge of the bed in his running gear, and tapping on a laptop.'
  4. 'He's handsome, with chiselled good looks and hypnotic blue eyes that make Mel Gibson's pale by comparison.'
  5. 'And he backed up a few steps and saw that a stunningly handsome man replaced the black hood and long cloak.'
  6. 'His face emerged for the first time, giving her a view of a stunningly handsome man of about thirty.'
  7. 'He was handsome, she was gorgeous and on screen they were electric.'
  8. 'When he was courting Gertrude, he was a handsome man and a fine dancer.'
  9. 'I know I'm crazy, I mean who wouldn't want to go on a date with this cute and handsome guy?'
  10. 'In the same way as the handsome David replaced the good-looking Saul, Esther replaced Vashti.'
  11. 'The handsome woman was well-liked - her graceful and cheery disposition a welcome addition to the small community of Opunake.'
  12. 'The reporters are all Emma Thompson / Kate Winslet clones, handsome women, but not too pretty.'
  13. 'Belinda is a handsome woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to John Cusack.'
  14. 'She's now a quite handsome woman, I don't really know her but we have a mutual friend.'
  15. 'A strikingly handsome woman, she was a pillar of the New York literary establishment, much sought after by men.'
  16. 'She had handsome, rather than pretty, features and deep brown eyes.'
  17. 'Besides which, dangerous or no, she was a rather handsome woman.'
  18. 'Jean was a handsome woman with awesome personal charm and great presence.'
  19. 'The man jokingly uttered an ‘Eh,’ sitting back as a rather handsome waitress visited our table.'
  20. 'Amelia Grayson had always been a handsome woman.'
  21. 'The contents are systematically arranged and liberally illustrated with handsome and informative colour photographs and diagrams.'
  22. 'This colorful and handsome site featuring fine gifts and collectibles is a breeze to navigate through.'
  23. 'Serious hunters have long sought Zeiss riflescopes for their handsome looks and quality optics.'
  24. 'They said, however, that it was a handsome town and that with continued effort and support from businesses and individuals it had great potential.'
  25. 'The Observer has had to apologise for saying the handsome town of North Shields is in Northumbria.'
  26. 'The government and commercial buildings - excluding the many pubs littering the entire town - were handsome and well maintained.'
  27. 'The leading falcon was handsome all right, but there is a strange quality about him.'
  28. 'A bonfire flares beside the handsome, Tudor-style Redstone Inn, the town's big hotel and restaurant.'
(of a number, sum of money, or margin) substantial.
  1. 'Mind you, it is a pity that other Scottish pundits are not as forthright as Walker was last week, many evidently willing to accept handsome pay packets for doing little more than stating the obvious.'
  2. 'One of my best Wiltshire Leaks is obviously behind a letter bearing a handsome cheque for five crisp crunchies, no less.'
  3. 'Father had to pay a handsome sum, but when it comes to my mother, he spares no expense.'
  4. 'I paid a handsome sum of twenty dollars for home plate box seats.'
  5. 'Remember, all states but Queensland already charge a handsome sum in petrol taxes.'
  6. 'This service would cost Prakong a handsome sum of 40,000 baht.'
  7. 'But his compensation as a discard was substantial - a handsome pension and a barony in 1761, when even his minor post was needed for someone else.'
  8. 'Under the government guidelines, journalists cough up a handsome sum of money to the government and individual officials.'
  9. 'Tourists who flock to the city pay guides handsome sums to walk in places where he never trod, and drink in pubs where he only slaked his thirst on paper.'
  10. 'Moreover his brothers got paid a handsome sum not to develop state-owned lands in Arizona.'


1. having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking: a handsome man; a handsome woman.

2. having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive: a handsome house; a handsome interior.

3. exhibiting skill, taste, and refinement; well-made: a handsome story; handsome furniture.

4. considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortu

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be handsome of voices."

"people can be handsome of people."

"people can be handsome in ways."

"people can be handsome with faces."

"people can be handsome in sorts."

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Middle English: from hand + -some. The original sense was ‘easy to handle or use’, hence ‘suitable’ and ‘apt, clever’ (mid 16th century), giving rise to the current appreciatory senses (late 16th century).


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