winsomely

winsome

[win-suhm]
adjective
sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum, equivalent to wyn joy (see wynn) + -sum -some1

winsomely, adverb
winsomeness, noun
unwinsome, adjective
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winsome (ˈwɪnsəm)
 
adj
charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile
 
[Old English wynsum, from wynn joy (related to Old High German wunnia, German Wonne) + -sum-some1]
 
'winsomely
 
adv
 
'winsomeness
 
n

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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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