Beautiful • Pretty • Lovely • Handsome • Attractive • Good-looking • Gorgeous | Synonyms and Differences
The words - beautiful, pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, good-looking, gorgeous, stunning - that we use to compliment or describe a person, who pleases the eye, are close in meaning but have subtle differences between them.
It expresses a general meaning of that which is pleasing to the eye or other senses, or to the mind.
• Maria is a beautiful girl.
• What a beautiful day!
It is used to describe beauty, implying a dainty, delicate, or graceful quality, with connotations of femininity or diminutiveness.
• They have a very pretty child.
• She looked so pretty in that dress.
It is used to express delight by inspiring affection or warm admiration.
• She has a lovely voice.
• He greeted us with a warm and lovely smile.
It is used to describe men with attractive physical features, implying masculinity or impressiveness.
• a handsome face
• He was a tall and handsome man.
It is used to describe a person of impressive beauty, especially in a sexual way.
• an attractive woman
• I find him very attractive.
It is used to describe people who are physically beautiful or attractive.
• He is quite good-looking.
• She was a good-looking and attractive woman.
It is used in informal language to indicate that a person is very beautiful.
• a gorgeous girl/man
• He has a gorgeous girlfriend.
It is used in informal language to indicate that a woman or girl is extremely attractive and beautiful.
• You look stunning as always.