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winning

[win-ing]
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noun
  1. the act of a person or thing that wins.
  2. Usually winnings. something that is won, especially money.
  3. Mining.
    1. any opening by which coal is being or has been extracted.
    2. a bed of coal ready for mining.
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adjective
  1. that wins; successful or victorious, as in a contest: the winning team.
  2. charming; engaging; pleasing: a winning child; a winning smile.
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Origin of winning

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

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5. captivating, attractive, winsome.

Antonyms

1, 4. losing. 5. repulsive.
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  • Kellogg could talk, Heaven alone knew how winningly he could talk!

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Altogether spring was to be seen and heard and felt, winningly insistent.

    The Rose Garden Husband

    Margaret Widdemer

  • "I thought I would take the liberty of intruding on you," she said most winningly.

    Jennie Gerhardt

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Yet he does it so winningly—that's the word, I think—that any jury would acquit him.

  • With all such he was most winningly tender, most intelligently patient.


British Dictionary definitions for winningly

winning

adjective
  1. (of a person, character, etc) charming, engaging, or attractivewinning ways; a winning smile
  2. gaining victorythe winning stroke
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noun
    1. a shaft or seam of coal
    2. the extraction of coal or ore from the ground
  1. (plural) money, prizes, or valuables won, esp in gambling
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Derived Formswinningly, adverbwinningness, noun
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