Winsome
Winsome Win"some, a. [Compar. {Winsomer}; superl. {Winsomest}.] [AS. wynsum, fr. wynn joy; akin to OS. wunnia, OHG. wunna, wunni, G. wonne, Goth. wunan to rejoice (in unwunands sad), AS. wunian to dwell. ????. See {Win}, v. t., {Wont}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted. [1913 Webster]

Misled by ill example, and a winsome nature. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

2. Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant. [1913 Webster]

Still plotting how their hungry ear That winsome voice again might hear. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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