charm

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[chahrm]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of charm

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1250–1300; Middle English charme, from Old French, from Latin carminem, accusative of carmen “song, magical formula,” from unattested canmen (by dissimilation), equivalent to can(ere) “to sing” + -men noun suffix
Related formscharm·ed·ly [chahr-mid-lee] /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/, adverbcharm·er, nouncharm·less, adjectivecharm·less·ly, adverb

Synonyms for charm

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Related Words for charmer

smoothie, conjurer, wizard, witch, enchanter, sorcerer

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British Dictionary definitions for charmer

charmer

noun

an attractive person
a person claiming or seeming to have magical powers

charm

1

noun

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

verb

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

Word Origin for charm

C13: from Old French charme, from Latin carmen song, incantation, from canere to sing

charm

2

noun

Southwest English dialect a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing

Word Origin for charm

C16: variant of chirm
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Word Origin and History for charmer

charm

v.

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.

charm

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

charmer in Science

charm

[chärm]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with charmer

charm

In addition to the idioms beginning with charm

  • charmed life
  • charm the pants off

also see:

  • (charm the) pants off
  • work like a charm
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