part of speech: adjective
inflections: handsomer, handsomest
definition 1: having an attractive, healthy appearance.
- He is a handsome man.
definition 2: large in amount.
- She was given a handsome reward.
derivations: handsomely (adv.), handsomeness (n.)
The word handsome comes from an early English word that means “easy to handle.” The meaning of “handsome” changed, to “good-looking,” about five hundred years ago in the 1500s.