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winsome

Definition:

charming in a child-like or naive way

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

winsomeness

Derivative:

winsomely

Comparative:

winsomer

Superlative:

winsomest

Similar to:

attractive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old English wynsum ("winsome, pleasant, joyful, merry"),...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

winsome | charming [synonym] | engaging [synonym] | winning [synonym] | winsomely [adverb, derived]

charming; winning; engaging (3 of 432 words, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/winsome

American Heritage Dictionary:

winsome | winsomely [adverb, related] | winsomeness [noun, related]

Charming, often in a childlike or naive way. (8 of 203 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/winsome

Merriam-Webster:

winsome | cheerful [synonym, sense-specific] | lighthearted [synonym, sense-specific] | blithe [synonym, sense-specific] | blithesome [synonym, sense-specific] | bright [synonym, sense-specific] | buoyant [synonym, sense-specific] | canty [British, dialect, synonym, sense-specific] | cheery [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence | "cheerful", "lighthearted" (14 of 197 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/winsome

Wikipedia:

Winsome

a given name, and may refer to: Winsome Andante, English eventing horse ; Winsome Evans, Australian early music specialist ; Winsome McCaughey, Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1988-1989 ; Winsome Pinnock, British playwright ; Winsome Sears, American ... (37 of 105 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Winsome

Wiktionary:

charming | winsome | charismatic [synonym, sense-specific] | smart [synonym, sense-specific] | witty [synonym, sense-specific] | silly [synonym, sense-specific] | dull [antonym, sense-specific]

pleasant, charismatic | delightful in a playful way which avoids responsibility or seriousness, as if attracting through a magical charm | Present participle of charm. (23 of 52 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/charming

Oxford Dictionary:

winsome | winsomely [derived] | winsomeness [derived]

attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way (8 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/winsome

Cambridge Dictionary:

winsome [literary approving] | winsomely [adverb, derived]

attractive and pleasing, with simple qualities, sometimes like those a child has (12 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/winsome

Macmillan British Dictionary:

winsome [literary] | winsomely [adverb, related]

with an attractive appearance or manner (6 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/winsome

New World Dictionary:

winsome | winsomely [adverb, related] | winsomeness [noun, related]

attractive in a sweet, engaging way; charming (7 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/winsome

Random House Dictionary:

winsome

sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging. (6 of 14 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/winsome

Encarta Dictionary:

winsome

charming, especially because of a naive, innocent quality (8 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713584​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

winsome

Origin: Middle English, from Old English wynsum ("winsome, pleasant, joyful, merry"), from Proto-Germanic *wunisamaz ("joyful"), from *wunjō ("joy, delight, desire"), from Proto-Indo-European *wun-, *wenǝ- ("to wish,... (25 of 61 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/winsome

Online Etymology:

winsome

Origin: Old English wynsum "agreeable, pleasant", from wynn "pleasure, delight" (compare German Wonne "joy, delight"; see "win") + ... (17 of 39 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=winsome

American Heritage Dictionary:

winsome

Origin: Middle English winsum, from Old English wynsum: from wynn, joy; see wen- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots + ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/winsome

Merriam-Webster:

winsome

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English winsum, from Old English wynsum, from wynn joy; akin to Old High German wunna joy, Latin venus desire

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/winsome

New World Dictionary:

winsome

Origin: Middle English winsum from Old English wynsum, pleasant, delightful from wynn, delight, joy (for Indo-European base see "win") + -sum, "-some"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/winsome

Collins Dictionary:

winsome

Origin: Old English wynsum, from wynn joy (related to Old High German wunnia, German Wonne) + -sum-some1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/winsome

Oxford Dictionary:

winsome

Origin: Old English wynsum, from wyn "joy" + "-some1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/winsome

Encarta Dictionary:

winsome

Origin: Old English wynsum "pleasant" from wynn "joy" from Indo-European, "to desire"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713584​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

winsome

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "winsome"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/winsome

Cambridge Dictionary:

winsome [literary approving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "winsome"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "winsome"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/winsome

Macmillan British Dictionary:

winsome [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "winsome"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/winsome

Macmillan American Dictionary:

winsome [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "winsome"

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the Free Dictionary:

winsome

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "winsome"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "winsome"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "winsome" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

winsome

Audio: English pronunciation of "winsome"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

winsome

Audio: North American pronunciation of "winsome"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=winsom​01 word=winsome

YourDictionary Audio:

winsome

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "winsome" by speech synthesizer

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