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- (obsolete, said of things and people) Dexterous; skillful.
(Can we date this quote?), Robynson, Utopia:
- That they [engines of war] be both easy to be carried and handsome to be moved and turned about.
- (of a man) Visually attractive; pleasant looking. [[Category:Lua error in Module:languages/templates at line 28: The language code 'Examples contradict label. Also, it seems to me that Austen uses "handsome" about women synonymously with "beautiful", so maybe that is an obsolete sense?' is not valid. terms needing attention|handsome]]
- a handsome man; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.
- (of a woman) Striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful.
- Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate.
- a handsome style, etc.
(Can we date this quote?), Felton, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- Easiness and handsome address in writing.
- Generous or noble in character.
- Handsome is as handsome does.
- Ample; moderately large.
- a handsome salary
(Can we date this quote?), V. Knox, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money.
- Having a good appearance.
2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
- City have lapped up the plaudits this season for a series of handsome wins but manager Roberto Mancini has demanded that his side also learn to grind out results when they do not play well. He now has an example to point to.
of man: attractive
of a woman: striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not conventionally beautiful