Pronunciation: (han'sum),[key] —adj.,-som•er, -som•est. 1. having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking: a handsome man; a handsome woman. 2. having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive: a handsome house; a handsome interior. 3. exhibiting skill, taste, and refinement; well-made: a handsome story; handsome furniture. 4. considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortune. 5. gracious; generous; flattering: a handsome compliment; a handsome recommendation. 6. adroit and appealing; graceful: a handsome speech.