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Handsome vs. Pretty

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Handsomeadjective

(of people, things, etc) Having a good appearance; good-looking.

‘a handsome garment, house, tree, or horse’;

Prettyadjective

Pleasant in sight or other senses; attractive, especially of women or children.

Handsomeadjective

(of a man or boy) Visually attractive; pleasant looking, good-looking. Examples contradict label. Also, it seems to me that Austen uses "handsome" about women synonymously with "beautiful", so maybe that is an obsolete sense?

‘a handsome man’;

Prettyadjective

Of objects or things: nice-looking, appealing.

Handsomeadjective

(of a woman) Striking, impressive and elegantly proportioned, though not typically beautiful.

Prettyadjective

Fine-looking; only superficially attractive; initially appealing but having little substance; see petty.

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Handsomeadjective

Good, appealing, appropriate.

Prettyadjective

Cunning; clever, skilful.

Handsomeadjective

(of weather) Fine, clear and bright.

Prettyadjective

(dated) Moderately large; considerable.

Handsomeadjective

Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; appropriate.

‘a handsome style, etc.’;

Prettyadjective

(dated) Excellent, commendable, pleasing; fitting or proper (of actions, thoughts etc.).

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Handsomeadjective

Generous or noble in character.

‘Handsome is as handsome does.’;

Prettyadjective

(ironic) Awkward, unpleasant.

Handsomeadjective

Ample; moderately large.

‘a handsome salary’;

Prettyadverb

Somewhat, fairly, quite; sometimes also (by meiosis) very.

Handsomeadjective

Dexterous; skillful.

Prettyadverb

(dialect) Prettily, in a pretty manner.

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Handsomeverb

To render handsome.

Prettynoun

A pretty person; a term of address to a pretty person.

Handsomeadjective

Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; - applied to things as persons.

‘That they [engines of war] be both easy to be carried and handsome to be moved and turned about.’; ‘For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was first invented for him.’;

Prettynoun

Something that is pretty.

‘"We'll stop at the knife store a look at the sharp pretties.''’;

Handsomeadjective

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.

Prettyverb

To make pretty; to beautify

Handsomeadjective

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

‘Easiness and handsome address in writing.’;

Prettyadjective

Pleasing by delicacy or grace; attracting, but not striking or impressing; of a pleasing and attractive form a color; having slight or diminutive beauty; neat or elegant without elevation or grandeur; pleasingly, but not grandly, conceived or expressed; as, a pretty face; a pretty flower; a pretty poem.

‘This is the prettiest lowborn lass that everRan on the greensward.’;

Handsomeadjective

Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.

‘Handsome is as handsome does.’;

Prettyadjective

Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune.

Handsomeadjective

Ample; moderately large.

‘He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money.’;

Prettyadjective

Affectedly nice; foppish; - used in an ill sense.

‘The pretty gentleman is the most complaisant in the world.’;

Handsomeverb

To render handsome.

Prettyadjective

Mean; despicable; contemptible; - used ironically; as, a pretty trick; a pretty fellow.

Handsomeadjective

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

‘a fine-looking woman’; ‘a good-looking man’; ‘better-looking than her sister’; ‘very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome’; ‘our southern women are well-favored’;

Prettyadjective

Stout; strong and brave; intrepid; valiant.

‘[He] observed they were pretty men, meaning not handsome.’;

Handsomeadjective

given or giving freely;

‘was a big tipper’; ‘the bounteous goodness of God’; ‘bountiful compliments’; ‘a freehanded host’; ‘a handsome allowance’; ‘Saturday's child is loving and giving’; ‘a liberal backer of the arts’; ‘a munificent gift’; ‘her fond and openhanded grandfather’;

Prettyadverb

In some degree; moderately; considerably; rather; almost; - less emphatic than very; as, I am pretty sure of the fact; pretty cold weather.

‘Pretty plainly professes himself a sincere Christian.’;

Prettyadjective

pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing;

‘pretty girl’; ‘pretty song’; ‘pretty room’;

Prettyadjective

(used ironically) unexpectedly bad;

‘a pretty mess’; ‘a pretty kettle of fish’;

Prettyadverb

used as an intensifier (`jolly' is used informally in Britain);

‘pretty big’; ‘pretty bad’; ‘jolly decent of him’;

Prettyadjective

(of a person, especially a woman or child) attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful

‘a pretty little girl with an engaging grin’;

Prettyadjective

(of a thing) pleasing to the eye or the ear

‘a pretty summer dress’;

Prettyadjective

used ironically to express annoyance or displeasure

‘he led me a pretty dance’;

Prettyadverb

to a moderately high degree; fairly

‘he looked pretty fit for his age’; ‘it was a pretty bad injury’;

Prettynoun

an attractive thing, especially a trinket

‘he buys her lots of pretties—bangles and rings’;

Prettynoun

used to refer in a condescending way to an attractive person

‘six pretties in sequined leotards’;

Prettyverb

make pretty or attractive

‘she'll be all prettied up and ready to go in an hour’;

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