handsome

If your father is described as handsome, it means he is good-looking, attractive in a classically masculine way. If your mother is also called handsome, it means while she's striking, if not exactly pretty.

Handsome is always a compliment, an admiring way of describing someone, although it's sometimes used as a way to describe a woman who's not conventionally attractive but is still interesting-looking. You can use it to describe an object as well as a person, in which case you are most likely talking about something that's really well-made, or of an obviously high quality, like a particularly handsome oak dining-room table. Occasionally, people talk about a handsome amount of money or a handsome number of votes; this is a generally admiring way of describing almost anything.

Definitions of handsome
1

adj pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion

“"very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome"- Thackeray”
Synonyms:
better-looking, fine-looking, good-looking, well-favored, well-favoured
beautiful
delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration

adj given or giving freely

“a handsome allowance”
Synonyms:
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, liberal, openhanded
generous
willing to give and share unstintingly

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