Origin of Winsome
From Middle English, from Old English wynsum (“winsome, pleasant, joyful, merry"), from Proto-Germanic *wunisamaz (“joyful"), from *wunjō (“joy, delight, desire"), from Proto-Indo-European *wun-, *wenǝ- (“to wish, love"), equivalent to winne +"Ž -some. Cognate with Scots winsome, wunsome (“charming, comely, pleasing"), Middle High German wunnesam (“winsome, joyful, delightful"), Old English wynn (“joy, rapture, pleasure, delight"), German Wonne (“bliss, delight, joy"). More at winne, winly.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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