|Origin:||handsome 'easy to handle' (15-17 centuries), from hand|
a man who is handsome looks attractive [= good-looking]: ➔ see usage note beautiful
an extremely handsome young man
Sam was tall, dark and handsome.
his handsome face
a woman who is handsome looks attractive in a strong healthy way
an animal, object, or building that is handsome looks attractive in an impressive way:
a row of handsome Georgian houses
3 [only before noun]
a handsome amount of money is large:
He managed to make a handsome profit out of the deal.
a handsome fee
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a handsome gift or prize is worth a lot of money:
There are some handsome prizes to be won.
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a handsome victory is important and impressive:
They won a handsome victory in the elections.
—handsomely adverb:WORD CHOICE:
He was handsomely rewarded by the king.
beautiful, pretty, handsome, good-looking, attractive, gorgeous, stunningbeautiful is used to describe someone, usually a woman or child, who is attractive in a very special and noticeable way.pretty is usually used to describe a girl or woman who is good-looking, with regular features. It can also be used to describe a boy or young man who has an attractive but feminine face.handsome is usually used to describe a man or boy who is good-looking, with strong regular features. It can also be used to describe a woman, usually an older woman, who has attractive but masculine features.good-looking can be used to describe anyone who you think is nice to look at. attractive is used to describe someone who looks good in a way that attracts sexual interest • I can see he's handsome, but I don't find him very attractive.gorgeous and stunning are emphatic ways of saying that someone is very attractive. Gorgeous is used mostly in spoken English. ➔ See also beautiful