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


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

Synonyms for winning

5. captivating, attractive, winsome.

Antonyms for winning

1, 4. losing. 5. repulsive. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for winningly

Contemporary Examples of winningly

  • Winningly, though, Weaver was hardly some bloodless accountant.

  • A winningly comic novel about two men, young and old, going through midlife crises.

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    Our Favorite Books of 2009

    The Daily Beast

    December 22, 2009

  • “Honestly, just sharing the stage with those two was a high point in my career,” Meno, winningly, told The New York Times.

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    The Squid and the Whale of a Book

    Taylor Antrim

    June 14, 2009

  • That it stems from an engrained sense of unworthiness and shame is something that Dunne is winningly eager to acknowledge.

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    After Dominick

    J. J. Berzelius

    November 7, 2008

Historical Examples of winningly

  • 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



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


  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
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