verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- charm offensive,
- charm quark,
- charm school,
- charm the pants off,
Origin of charm1
noun British Dialect.
Origin of charm2
Examples from the Web for charm
There is charm, oodles of it, but also a steeliness about Gilkes.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the end, Stephen did not kill young William, which the knight would claim was due to his charm.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The charm continues when he waxes on—and on—about the immeasurable respect he has for Cumberbatch, his friend of over 15 years.From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive|Kevin Fallon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The system faintly evokes the charm of the Hogwarts houses—without a Sorting Hat, that is.
In the last several months Pyongyang has launched a charm offensive directed at Moscow, Tokyo, and Seoul.
As charm rings, too, must be reckoned those which enclosed small relics.Jewellery|H. Clifford Smith,
There are many men amongst us who, in Scripture phrase, refuse to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
And as she carried the attempt too far, I got angry, and heating with a charm the prongs of my trident, I marked her on the loins.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
I have enjoyed the charm of Mendoza, the healthiest of all the towns in the Republic.The Amazing Argentine|John Foster Fraser
Sometimes a heavily-laden cart would go by drawn by a long string of oxen; but they were picturesque and added to the charm.The Chief Legatee|Anna Katharine Green
Word Origin for charm
Word Origin for charm
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.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with charm
- charmed life
- charm the pants off
- (charm the) pants off
- work like a charm