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Hándsomely. adv. [from handsome.]

  1. Conveniently; dexterously.

    Under it he may cleanly convey any fit pillage that cometh handsomely in his way. Spenser on Ireland.

    Where the kind nymph, changing her faultless shape,
    Becomes unhandsome, handsomely to 'scape.

  2. Beautifully; gracefully.

  3. Elegantly; neatly.

    A carpenter, after he hath sawn down a tree, hath wrought it handsomely, and made a vessel thereof. Wisd. xiii. 11.

  4. Liberally; generously.

    I am finding out a convenient place for an alms-house, which I intend to endow very handsomely for a dozen super-annuated husbandmen. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Waller, Edmund (63) · The Bible - Wisdom (12)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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