To do the handsome thing

To do the handsome thing
Handsome Hand"some (h[a^]n"s[u^]m; 277), a. [Compar. {Handsomer} (-[~e]r); superl. {Handsomest}.] [Hand + -some. It at first meant, dexterous; cf. D. handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and E. handy.] 1. Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

That they [engines of war] be both easy to be carried and handsome to be moved and turned about. --Robynson (Utopia). [1913 Webster]

For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was first invented for him. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely; -- expressing more than pretty, and less than beautiful; as, a handsome man or woman; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse. [1913 Webster]

3. Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc. [1913 Webster]

Easiness and handsome address in writing. --Felton. [1913 Webster]

4. Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous. [1913 Webster]

Handsome is as handsome does. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

5. Ample; moderately large. [1913 Webster]

He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

{To do the handsome thing}, to act liberally. [Colloq.]

Syn: {Handsome}, {Pretty}.

Usage: Pretty applies to things comparatively small, which please by their delicacy and grace; as, a pretty girl, a pretty flower, a pretty cottage. Handsome rises higher, and is applied to objects on a larger scale. We admire what is handsome, we are pleased with what is pretty. The word is connected with hand, and has thus acquired the idea of training, cultivation, symmetry, and proportion, which enters so largely into our conception of handsome. Thus Drayton makes mention of handsome players, meaning those who are well trained; and hence we speak of a man's having a handsome address, which is the result of culture; of a handsome horse or dog, which implies well proportioned limbs; of a handsome face, to which, among other qualities, the idea of proportion and a graceful contour are essential; of a handsome tree, and a handsome house or villa. So, from this idea of proportion or suitableness, we have, with a different application, the expressions, a handsome fortune, a handsome offer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • do the handsome thing by — To treat generously • • • Main Entry: ↑thing …   Useful english dictionary

  • do the handsome (thing) —  Behave well or generously (towards someone) …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Handsome — Hand some (h[a^]n s[u^]m; 277), a. [Compar. {Handsomer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Handsomest}.] [Hand + some. It at first meant, dexterous; cf. D. handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and E. handy.] 1. Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Vampire Diaries (novel series) — The Vampire Diaries The Vampire Diaries: Return: Midnight The Awakening The Struggle The Fury Dark Reunion The Return: Nightfall The Return: Shadow Souls The Return: Midnight The Hunters: Phantom The Hunters: Moonsong …   Wikipedia

  • Handsome Dan — is a bulldog that serves as the mascot of Yale University s athletic teams. In addition to a person wearing a costume, the position is filled by an actual bulldog, the honor (and the title Handsome Dan ) being transferred to another upon death or …   Wikipedia

  • The Addams Family — are a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. Earlier Addams had worked in collaboration with his friend Ray Bradbury. In a 2001 interview Bradbury states that after failing to find a publisher, they went… …   Wikipedia

  • The Cheetah Girls 2 — Official DVD Cover Distributed by Disney Channel …   Wikipedia

  • The Last Bounty Hunter — is a live action laserdisc video game released by American Laser Games in 1994. Like almost all of the games produced by the now defunct company, it was a rail shooter and, like the two installments in the Mad Dog McCree series before it, was set …   Wikipedia

  • The Rover (play) — The Rover or The Banish d Cavaliers is a play in two parts written by the English author Aphra Behn. It was a very popular Restoration comedy. Behn had famously worked as a spy for Charles II against the Dutch. However, Charles was slow to pay… …   Wikipedia

  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee — Title card. Left to right: Monroe, Juniper and Ray Ray. Genre Animated series, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, comedy, Created by Judd Winic …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”