handsomeish, adj.handsomeness, n.
/han"seuhm/, adj., handsomer, handsomest.
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 fortune.
5. gracious; generous; flattering: a handsome compliment; a handsome recommendation.
6. adroit and appealing; graceful: a handsome speech.
[1350-1400; ME handsom easy to handle (see HAND, -SOME1); c. D handzaam tractable]
Syn. 1. See beautiful. 4. large, generous, munificent.
Ant. 1. ugly. 4, 5. small, miserly.

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