winning

[ win-ing ]
/ ˈwɪn ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that wins.
Usually winnings. something that is won, especially money.
Mining.
  1. any opening by which coal is being or has been extracted.
  2. a bed of coal ready for mining.

adjective

that wins; successful or victorious, as in a contest: the winning team.
charming; engaging; pleasing: a winning child; a winning smile.

Origin of winning

1250–1300; Middle English (noun); see win1, -ing1, -ing2
Related formswin·ning·ly, adverbwin·ning·ness, nounun·win·ning, adjective

Definition for winning (2 of 3)

Origin of win

1
before 900; Middle English winnen (v.), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan
Related formswin·na·ble, adjective

Definition for winning (3 of 3)

win

2
[ win ]
/ wɪn /

verb (used with object), winned, win·ning. Scot. and North England.

to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.

Origin of win

2
First recorded in 1550–60; perhaps variant of winnow
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British Dictionary definitions for winning (1 of 3)

winning

/ (ˈwɪnɪŋ) /

adjective

(of a person, character, etc) charming, engaging, or attractivewinning ways; a winning smile
gaining victorythe winning stroke

noun

  1. a shaft or seam of coal
  2. the extraction of coal or ore from the ground
(plural) money, prizes, or valuables won, esp in gambling
Derived Formswinningly, adverbwinningness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for winning (2 of 3)

win

1
/ (wɪn) /

verb wins, winning or won

noun

See also win out
Derived Formswinnable, adjective

Word Origin for win

Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen

British Dictionary definitions for winning (3 of 3)

win

2
/ (wɪn) /

verb wins, winning, won or winned (tr) Irish, Scot and Northern English dialect

to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
a less common word for winnow

Word Origin for win

Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow
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Idioms and Phrases with winning

win


In addition to the idioms beginning with win

  • win by a nose
  • wind down
  • wind up
  • wine and dine
  • wing it
  • win hands down
  • winning streak
  • win one's spurs
  • win on points
  • win out
  • win over
  • win some, lose some
  • win through

also see:

  • (win) hands down
  • no-win situation
  • slow but sure (steady wins the race)
  • you can't win
  • you can't win 'em all
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