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charming

[chahr-ming] /ˈtʃɑr mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
pleasing; delightful:
a charming child.
2.
using charm; exercising magic power.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see charm1, -ing2
Related forms
charmingly, adverb
charmingness, noun
uncharming, adjective
Synonyms
1. lovely, winning, winsome, engaging.

charm1

[chahrm] /tʃɑrm/
noun
1.
a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty:
charm of manner; the charm of a mountain lake.
2.
a trait or feature imparting this power.
3.
charms, attractiveness.
4.
a trinket to be worn on a bracelet, necklace, etc.
5.
something worn or carried on one's person for its supposed magical effect; amulet.
6.
any action supposed to have magical power.
7.
the chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula.
8.
a verse or formula credited with magical power.
9.
Physics. a quantum number assigned the value +1 for one kind of quark, −1 for its antiquark, and 0 for all other quarks. Symbol: C.
Compare charmed quark.
verb (used with object)
10.
to delight or please greatly by beauty, attractiveness, etc.; enchant:
She charmed us with her grace.
11.
to act upon (someone or something) with or as with a compelling or magical force:
to charm a bird from a tree.
12.
to endow with or protect by supernatural powers.
13.
to gain or influence through personal charm:
He charmed a raise out of his boss.
verb (used without object)
14.
to be fascinating or pleasing.
15.
to use charms.
16.
to act as a charm.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English charme < Old French < Latin carminem, accusative of carmen song, magical formula < *canmen (by dissimilation), equivalent to can(ere) to sing + -men noun suffix
Related forms
charmedly
[chahr-mid-lee] /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
charmer, noun
charmless, adjective
charmlessly, adverb
Synonyms
1. attractiveness, allurement. 4. bauble. 5. talisman. 6. enchantment, spell. 8. spell. 10. fascinate, captivate, entrance, enrapture, ravish; allure, bewitch.
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Examples from the web for charming
  • As deadly boring as these commencements can be, they can also be quite charming.
  • She is said to be a good manager, and charming with it.
  • It's charming to watch and so simply explained that you're almost fooled into thinking you knew this material already.
  • Scratches and pops, while charming to some, can be downright painful to a seasoned vinyl enthusiast.
  • Much of the opposition against affirmative action isn't about racism or stinginess, but about a charming belief in tests.
  • And in argument, as in chess, he would always show a charming acquiescence.
  • It is unpretentious and yet charming in its simplicity.
  • The resort was far too charming a place for such a senseless, smelly crime.
  • charming appearance, proliferation of bloom, long season.
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British Dictionary definitions for charming

charming

/ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
delightful; pleasant; attractive
Derived Forms
charmingly, adverb

charm1

/tʃɑːm/
noun
1.
the quality of pleasing, fascinating, or attracting people
2.
a pleasing or attractive feature
3.
a small object worn or kept for supposed magical powers of protection; amulet; talisman
4.
a trinket worn on a bracelet
5.
a magic spell; enchantment
6.
a formula or action used in casting such a spell
7.
(physics) an internal quantum number of certain elementary particles, used to explain some scattering experiments
8.
like a charm, perfectly; successfully
verb
9.
to attract or fascinate; delight greatly
10.
to cast a magic spell on
11.
to protect, influence, or heal, supposedly by magic
12.
(transitive) to influence or obtain by personal charm: he charmed them into believing him
Word Origin
C13: from Old French charme, from Latin carmen song, incantation, from canere to sing

charm2

/tʃɑːm/
noun
1.
(Southwest English, dialect) a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing
Word Origin
C16: variant of chirm
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Word Origin and History for charming

charm

n.

c.1300, "incantation, magic charm," from Old French charme (12c.) "magic charm, magic, spell; incantation, song, lamentation," from Latin carmen "song, verse, enchantment, religious formula," from canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)), with dissimilation of -n- to -r- before -m- in intermediate form *canmen (for a similar evolution, see Latin germen "germ," from *genmen). The notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power.

A yet stronger power than that of herb or stone lies in the spoken word, and all nations use it both for blessing and cursing. But these, to be effective, must be choice, well knit, rhythmic words (verba concepta), must have lilt and tune; hence all that is strong in the speech wielded by priest, physician, magician, is allied to the forms of poetry. [Jacob Grimm, "Teutonic Mythology" (transl. Stallybrass), 1883]
Sense of "pleasing quality" evolved 17c. Meaning "small trinket fastened to a watch-chain, etc." first recorded 1865. Quantum physics sense is from 1964. To work like a charm (figuratively) is recorded by 1824.

v.

c.1300, "to recite or cast a magic spell," from Old French charmer (13c.) "to enchant, to fill (someone) with desire (for something); to protect, cure, treat; to maltreat, harm," from Late Latin carminare, from Latin carmen (see charm (n.)). In Old French used alike of magical and non-magical activity. In English, "to win over by treating pleasingly, delight" from mid-15c. Related: Charmed; charming. Charmed (short for I am charmed) as a conventional reply to a greeting or meeting is attested by 1825.

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charming in Science
charm
  (chärm)   
  1. One of the flavors of quarks, contributing to the charm number—a quantum number—for hadrons.

  2. A charmed particle is a particle that contains at least one charmed quark or charmed antiquark. The charmed quark was hypothesized to account for the longevity of the J/psi particle and to explain differences in the behavior of leptons and hadrons. See more at flavor.


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Related Abbreviations for charming

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Idioms and Phrases with charming

charm

In addition to the idioms beginning with charm
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Encyclopedia Article for charming

charm

a practice or expression believed to have magic power, similar to an incantation or a spell. Charms are among the earliest examples of written literature. Among the charms written in Old English are those against a dwarf and against the theft of cattle. The word is from the Old French charme and the Latin carmen, "ritual utterance," "incantation," or "song."

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