Sailor Speak of the Week – Handsomely



  • To move slowly, steadily, or carefully.


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


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.


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

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