[ chahr-ming ]
/ ˈtʃɑr mɪŋ /


pleasing; delightful: a charming child.
using charm; exercising magic power.

Nearby words

  1. charmedly,
  2. charmer,
  3. charmeuse,
  4. charmian,
  5. charminar,
  6. charmingly,
  7. charmless,
  8. charmonium,
  9. charnel,
  10. charnel house

Origin of charming

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at charm1, -ing2

Related formscharm·ing·ly, adverbcharm·ing·ness, nounun·charm·ing, adjective


[ chahrm ]
/ tʃɑrm /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of charm

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for charming

British Dictionary definitions for charming


/ (ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ) /


delightful; pleasant; attractive
Derived Formscharmingly, adverb


/ (tʃɑːm) /



Word Origin for charm

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


/ (tʃɑːm) /


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 charming
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for charming


[ 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 charming


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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