winsome

  • 1 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] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Winsome — is a given name, and may refer to:* Winsome Evans (born 1941), Associate Professor of music at the University of Sydney * Winsome Sears (21st century), member of the Virginia House of Delegates …

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  • 3 winsome — index sapid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 winsome — (adj.) O.E. wynsum agreeable, pleasant, from wynn pleasure, delight (Cf. Ger. Wonne joy, delight; see WIN (Cf. win)) + sum some. Apparently surviving only in northern English dialect for 400 years until revived 18c. by Hamilton, Burns, and other… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 winsome — *sweet, engaging, winning, dulcet Analogous words: see those at WINNING …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 winsome — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ attractive or appealing. DERIVATIVES winsomely adverb winsomeness noun. ORIGIN from an Old English word meaning «joy» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 winsome — [win′səm] adj. [ME winsum < OE wynsum, pleasant, delightful < wynn, delight, joy (for IE base see WIN) + sum, SOME1] attractive in a sweet, engaging way; charming winsomely adv. winsomeness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 winsome — [[t]wɪ̱nsəm[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe a person or their actions or behaviour as winsome, you mean that they are attractive and charming. ...a winsome young screen star... She gave him her best winsome smile. Syn: charming …

    English dictionary

  • 9 winsome — winning / winsome [adj1] attractive, charming acceptable, adorable, agreeable, alluring, amiable, bewitching, captivating, cute, delectable, delightful, disarming, enchanting, endearing, engaging, fascinating, fetching, gratifying, lovable,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 winsome — adjective Etymology: Middle English winsum, from Old English wynsum, from wynn joy; akin to Old High German wunna joy, Latin venus desire more at win Date: before 12th century 1. generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 winsome — winsomely, adv. winsomeness, n. /win seuhm/, adj. sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile. [bef. 900; ME winsom, OE wynsum, equiv. to wyn joy (see WYNN) + sum SOME1] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 12 winsome — adjective /ˈwɪn.sʌm/ Charming; inspiring trust and approval; especially if in an innocent manner. His bedside manner was especially winsome …

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  • 13 Winsome — There are several explanations and hence origins, for this English surname. Apparently recorded in a number of overlapping spelling forms including Winchcomb, Winchcombe, Winscombe, Winscomb, Wincom, Winsom, and Winsome, the name is almost always …

    Surnames reference

  • 14 winsome — win|some [ˈwınsəm] adj literary [: Old English; Origin: wynsum, from wynn great happiness ] behaving in a pleasant and attractive way ▪ a winsome smile …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 winsome — win|some [ wınsəm ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY with an attractive appearance or manner: a winsome smile ╾ win|some|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 winsome — adjective literary pleasant and attractive, especially in a simple, direct way: a winsome smile …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 winsome — UK [ˈwɪns(ə)m] / US [ˈwɪnsəm] adjective mainly literary with an attractive appearance or manner a winsome smile Derived word: winsomely adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 18 winsome — win•some [[t]ˈwɪn səm[/t]] adj. cvb sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE wynsum=wyn joy (see wynn) + sum some I win′some•ly, adv. win′some•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 winsome — /ˈwɪnsəm / (say winsuhm) adjective winning, engaging, or charming: a winsome smile. {Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum, from wyn joy + sum some1} –winsomely, adverb –winsomeness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 winsome — Synonyms and related words: admirable, adorable, alluring, angelic, appealing, appetizing, attractive, beaming, beguiling, bewitching, blandishing, blithe, blithesome, bright, bright and sunny, cajoling, captivating, caressable, catching,… …

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