part of speech: adjective

inflections: handsomer, handsomest

definition 1: having an attractive, healthy appearance.

  • He is a handsome man.

antonyms: ugly

definition 2: large in amount.

  • She was given a handsome reward.

derivations: handsomely (adv.), handsomeness (n.)

Word History

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.