from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Charming, often in a childlike or naive way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Charming; inspiring trust and approval; especially if in an innocent manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
- adj. Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. charming in a childlike or naive way
Middle English winsum, from Old English wynsum : from wynn, joy; + -sum, characterized by; see -some.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)