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hand·some  audio  (hnsm) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
hand·som·er, hand·som·est
  1. Pleasing and dignified in form or appearance. See Synonyms at beautiful.
  2. Generous or copious: a handsome reward. See Synonyms at liberal.
  3. Marked by or requiring skill dexterity: did some handsome maneuvers on the skating rink.
  4. Appropriate or fitting: a handsome location for the new school.
  5. Large: a handsome price; won by a handsome margin.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English handsom, handy : hand, hand (from Old English) + -som, n. suff. ; see -some1

OTHER FORMS:
handsome·ly(Adverb), handsome·ness(Noun)


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