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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handsome  \Hand"some\  (?;  277),  a.  [Compar.  {Handsomer};  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  --Spenser. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  handsome 
  adj  1:  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}] 




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