- pleasing; delightful: a charming child.
- using charm; exercising magic power.
Origin of charming
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- a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty: charm of manner; the charm of a mountain lake.
- a trait or feature imparting this power.
- charms, attractiveness.
- a trinket to be worn on a bracelet, necklace, etc.
- something worn or carried on one's person for its supposed magical effect; amulet.
- any action supposed to have magical power.
- the chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula.
- a verse or formula credited with magical power.
- Physics. a quantum number assigned the value +1 for one kind of quark, −1 for its antiquark, and 0 for all other quarks. Symbol: CCompare charmed quark.
- to delight or please greatly by beauty, attractiveness, etc.; enchant: She charmed us with her grace.
- to act upon (someone or something) with or as with a compelling or magical force: to charm a bird from a tree.
- to endow with or protect by supernatural powers.
- to gain or influence through personal charm: He charmed a raise out of his boss.
- to be fascinating or pleasing.
- to use charms.
- to act as a charm.
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Examples from the Web for charming
Legs McNeil, of Punk magazine fame, once called him “cute” and “charming.”‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Alexander is everything Turing is not—gregarious, flirty, and, you guessed it, charming.From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive
November 24, 2014
For those who have a problem with that, she offered a charming, subtle middle finger.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
Let me be clear, as the president would say: Obama is telegenic and charming.From POTUS to SCOTUS: Obama’s Big Move?
November 17, 2014
“Somebody said to me after the premiere, ‘You guys have the most charming Republicans going,’” Molloy remembers.Inside the Political Fun House: How ‘Alpha House’ Became Amazon’s First Big Hit
October 24, 2014
Thus she ran on; and then wanted me 'to see the charming man,' as she called him.
Yet my man was not half so—so what, my dear—to be sure Lovelace is a charming fellow.
It is a charming spot, even in the gloom of a wintry afternoon.Yorkshire Painted And Described
But it is this peculiar difference which renders them interesting and charming to the spectator.
So, when I tried to describe the most charming girl of whom I could think, I was describing you.
- delightful; pleasant; attractive
- the quality of pleasing, fascinating, or attracting people
- a pleasing or attractive feature
- a small object worn or kept for supposed magical powers of protection; amulet; talisman
- a trinket worn on a bracelet
- a magic spell; enchantment
- a formula or action used in casting such a spell
- physics an internal quantum number of certain elementary particles, used to explain some scattering experiments
- like a charm perfectly; successfully
- to attract or fascinate; delight greatly
- to cast a magic spell on
- to protect, influence, or heal, supposedly by magic
- (tr) to influence or obtain by personal charmhe charmed them into believing him
- Southwest English dialect a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing
Word Origin and History for charming
c.1300, "to recite or cast a magic spell," from Old French charmer (13c.) "to enchant, to fill (someone) with desire (for something); to protect, cure, treat; to maltreat, harm," from Late Latin carminare, from Latin carmen (see charm (n.)). In Old French used alike of magical and non-magical activity. In English, "to win over by treating pleasingly, delight" from mid-15c. Related: Charmed; charming. Charmed (short for I am charmed) as a conventional reply to a greeting or meeting is attested by 1825.
c.1300, "incantation, magic charm," from Old French charme (12c.) "magic charm, magic, spell; incantation, song, lamentation," from Latin carmen "song, verse, enchantment, religious formula," from canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)), with dissimilation of -n- to -r- before -m- in intermediate form *canmen (for a similar evolution, see Latin germen "germ," from *genmen). The notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power.
A yet stronger power than that of herb or stone lies in the spoken word, and all nations use it both for blessing and cursing. But these, to be effective, must be choice, well knit, rhythmic words (verba concepta), must have lilt and tune; hence all that is strong in the speech wielded by priest, physician, magician, is allied to the forms of poetry. [Jacob Grimm, "Teutonic Mythology" (transl. Stallybrass), 1883]
Sense of "pleasing quality" evolved 17c. Meaning "small trinket fastened to a watch-chain, etc." first recorded 1865. Quantum physics sense is from 1964. To work like a charm (figuratively) is recorded by 1824.
- One of the flavors of quarks, contributing to the charm number-a quantum number-for hadrons.
- A charmed particle is a particle that contains at least one charmed quark or charmed antiquark. The charmed quark was hypothesized to account for the longevity of the J/psi particle and to explain differences in the behavior of leptons and hadrons. See more at flavor.