American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Charming, often in a childlike or naive way.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That gives or is fitted to give joy, delight, or satisfaction; delightful; pleasing, agreeable, or attractive; charming; winning; sweet.
- Kindly; gracious.
- Joyful; cheerful; merry; lively; gay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
- adj. Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant.
- adj. charming in a childlike or naive way
- From 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, love”), equivalent to winne + -some. Cognate with Scots winsome, wunsome ("charming, comely, pleasing"), Middle High German wunnesam ("winsome, joyful, delightful"), Old English wynn ("joy, rapture, pleasure, delight"), German Wonne ("bliss, delight, joy"). More at winne, winly. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English winsum, from Old English wynsum : from wynn, joy; + -sum, characterized by; see -some. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The one, Juliana, the only daughter of a retired sea-captain, he described as a winsome lassie.”
“Then her arms dropped, and she looked straight into camera, her mobile face composed in an expression winsome and grave, and so light it might change with breeze.”
“She had about her that charm of manner which can only be described as winsome womanliness.”
“Socola rose, extended his hand, drew his cloak about his slender shoulders and passed out into the storm, his dark face lighted by a smile as he recalled the winsome face of Jennie Barton.”
“Close against them and overpeering their tops were hollyhocks and dahlias; against these stood at lesser height sweet peas, asters, zinnias, coreopsis and others of like stature; in front of these were poppies for summer, marigolds for autumn; beneath these again were verbenas, candytuft -- all this is sketched from memory, and I recall the winsome effect rather than species and names; and still below nestled portulaca and periwinkle.”
“I told him he might bring me down another guest instead of the tailor, and he has brought a poor young pupil teacher, whom Tibbie calls a winsome gallant, but I am afraid she won't save him.”
“They seldom laughed or twinkled and the nose that kept them company was equally sedate, being purely aquiline, but a mouth with dimpled corners upset the scheme entirely, while ripples of golden brown hair completed the picture of a healthy, happy youngster -- not radiantly beautiful but what people like to call "winsome," which is after all as good a word as most.”
“He liked his "winsome" quality, and the fact that he seemed knowledgeable about everything from paper-making techniques to the latest legislation on gay marriage.”
“Diehard (the band) sling out great, buzzy songs, and couple them with the kind of winsome lyrics that lend credence to the idea that everything's going to be all right.”
“He has a kind of winsome smile and frequently jogs around the set, running from one side of the lawn to the other, and it doesn't feel like the obnoxiousness of a fidgety adult but the buoyancy of a wide-eyed kid.”
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