Charming, often in a childlike or naive way.
Attractive in a sweet, engaging way; charming.
The definition of winsome is someone or something that is attractive either physically or in actions and character, or charming in a childlike way.
A shy, childlike smile is an example of a winsome smile.
Origin of winsome
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English wynsum (“winsome, pleasant, joyful, merry"), from Proto-Germanic *wunisamaz (“joyful"), from *wunjÅ (“joy, delight, desire"), from Proto-Indo-European *wun-, *wenÇ- (“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.