hand·some / ˈhansəm/ • adj. (-som·er, -som·est) 1. (of a man) good-looking. ∎ (of a woman) striking and imposing in good looks rather than conventionally pretty. ∎ (of a thing) well made, imposing, and of obvious quality: handsome cookbooks a handsome country town.2. (of a number, sum of money, or margin) substantial: elected by a handsome majority. ∎ generous; liberal: a handsome gift.DERIVATIVES: hand·some·ly adv.hand·some·ness n.