Winsome meaning

wĭnsəm
Charming; inspiring trust and approval; especially if in an innocent manner.

His bedside manner was especially winsome.

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Charming, often in a childlike or naive way.
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Attractive in a sweet, engaging way; charming.
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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.

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Origin of winsome

  • Middle English winsum from Old English wynsum from wynn joy wen-1 in Indo-European roots -sum characterized by –some1

    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 *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 Wiktionary