from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the act of winning: drew the winning number in the lottery.
  • adj. Successful; victorious: the winning entry; the winning team.
  • adj. Attractive; charming: a winning personality; a winning smile.
  • n. The act of one that wins; victory.
  • n. Something won, especially money. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A section of a mine that has been recently prepared or opened for working.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of win.
  • adj. That constitutes a win.
  • adj. That leads to success.
  • adj. Attractive.
  • n. The act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition.
  • n. The money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, especially in gambling.
  • n. A new opening.
  • n. The portion of a coalfield out for working.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming.
  • n. The act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition.
  • n. The money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural.
  • n.
  • n. A new opening.
  • n. The portion of a coal field out for working.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Successful in contending, competing, attaining, influencing, or gaining over; hence, especially, taking; attractive; charming.
  • n. In metallurgy, same as beneficiation.
  • n. The act of one who wins, in any sense.
  • n. That which is won; that which is gained by effort, conquest, or successful competition; earnings; profit; gain: generally in the plural.
  • n. In coal-mining, a shaft or pit which is being sunk to win or open a bed of coal; an opening of any kind by which coal has been won; a bed of coal ready for mining (see win, transitive verb, 9); sometimes, also, a part of a coal-mine, as distinguished from another portion from which it is separated by a barrier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having won
  • adj. very attractive; capturing interest
  • n. succeeding with great difficulty


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  • Charlie Sheen .. epic winning

    March 15, 2011

  • Oh, you sly fellow! I must say that was clever. But I thought we had a gentlemen's agreement to keep that word in the context of sports. ;-)

    July 15, 2007

  • Most often used to describe a smile. The girl who's smile in more winning that any others has the winningest smile.

    July 15, 2007

  • In the sense of charming; see also winsome

    July 14, 2007