If someone uses handsome to compliment a female, I would think this woman have some kind of masculine look sadly.
Oh, Absolutely! I have used this term in a complimentary form many times. There are so many ways to describe the beauty of a person...and most assuredly, for the female gender. I believe that 'handsome' is a word that can be used in many ways; for example a 'handsome' woman sounds sophisticated and proper, while a 'handsome' girl sounds awkward and out-of-place. <br />
We are so blessed with our language...we have so many words with the same general meaning, but exemplify our feelings and desc<x>riptions. Handsome, definetly can be used for an adjective relating to one's beauty.
Only if she has a mustache &/or beard...
Lol more of an insult (:
I have heard it before. I can't say I would appreciate being called that though!
Yes I’ve heard beautiful women described as handsome. Look at this definition I found. Says nothing about gender. But you can safely assume that if she's of only average literacy then she will have only associated this word with men. So use at your own discretion. <br />
hand·some [hánssəm]<br />
adj <br />
1. good-looking: with good-looking facial features or a pleasing general appearance <br />
2. substantial: pleasingly large in extent or size <br />
a handsome victory <br />
earning a handsome salary <br />
3. impressive: well-made or skillfully executed <br />
a handsome piece of jewelry
It can be used but I think there are other words that would be more appreciated. Handsome in reference to a woman usually means stately or someone who has a strong business demeanor along with striking good looks. It isn't bad but it isn't the nicest thing that can be said. I would rather be called handsome than pretty. Pretty is something that I think belongs to a little girl.
Wow, seriously? hahaha
It is a bit archaic to speak of a woman as handsome but years ago it actually wasn't an insult.
Traditionally, yes. I suppose it depends on who is saying it.<br />
And whether the person actually appreciates what it means.
Yes it is
nice personality?... is saying whooooah she fat and ugly :)