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winsome

[win-suh m] /ˈwɪn səm/
adjective
1.
sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging:
a winsome smile.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum, equivalent to wyn joy (see wynn) + -sum -some1
Related forms
winsomely, adverb
winsomeness, noun
unwinsome, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for winsomely

winsome

/ˈwɪnsəm/
adjective
1.
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 winsomely
winsome
O.E. wynsum "agreeable, pleasant," from wynn "pleasure, delight" (cf. Ger. Wonne "joy, delight;" see win) + -sum "-some." Apparently surviving only in northern English dialect for 400 years until revived 18c. by Hamilton, Burns, and other Scot. poets.
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