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[win-suh m] /ˈwɪn səm/
sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging:
a winsome smile.
Origin of winsome
before 900; Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum, equivalent to wyn joy (see wynn) + -sum -some1
Related forms
winsomely, adverb
winsomeness, noun
unwinsome, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for winsome
  • To-day it was the winsome one, bringing always flowers as sweet as herself.
  • But the future of these winsome primates is in doubt.
  • Reading vintage bartending manuals can be a winsome treat.
  • Now it is time to celebrate the saucy little street urchins, the winsome starvelings.
  • Many actors could have been too winsome or ingenuous in the part of such a professional good guy.
  • There is an winsome aesthetic quality to scrupulous adherence to the pursuit of scientific truth.
  • He wished not his view but truth to prevail-which explains the winsome cordiality of his demeanour towards other savants.
  • The biggest loss, though, is that many of the newer books have edited out the winsome tag lines from the editors and contributors.
  • Questioning the right of someone to stand somewhere is not a winsome post to write.
  • She's petulant and winsome, as if her entire life is the result of performance anxiety.
British Dictionary definitions for winsome


charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile
Derived Forms
winsomely, adverb
winsomeness, noun
Word Origin
Old English wynsum, from wynn joy (related to Old High German wunnia, German Wonne) + -sum-some1
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Word Origin and History for winsome

Old English wynsum "agreeable, pleasant," from wynn "pleasure, delight" (cf. German Wonne "joy, delight;" see win (v.)) + -sum (see -some (1)). Apparently surviving only in northern English dialect for 400 years until revived 18c. by Hamilton, Burns, and other Scottish poets.

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