Origin of charming
Synonyms for charming
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of charm1
Synonyms for charm
Related Words for charmingalluring, pleasant, glamorous, likable, amiable, provocative, fascinating, cute, absorbing, sweet, appealing, engaging, elegant, delightful, engrossing, inviting, graceful, lovely, charismatic, lovable
Examples from the Web for charming
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of charming
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.
Word Origin for charm
Word Origin for charm
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with charm
- charmed life
- charm the pants off
- (charm the) pants off
- work like a charm