Sailor Speak of the Week – Handsomely

Definition

Adverb

  • To move slowly, steadily, or carefully.

Origin

Probably earlier than the 17th century. From Middle English, handsom, meaning easy to handle.

Comments

Can also mean something done very deliberately. Generally used to refer to actions rather than a good-looking person of the male gender. Sorry ladies.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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