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winsome

[ win-suhm ]
/ ˈwɪn səm /
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adjective

sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile.

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Origin of winsome

First recorded before 900; Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum, equivalent to wyn(n) “joy” (see wish) + -sum -some1

OTHER WORDS FROM winsome

win·some·ly, adverbwin·some·ness, nounun·win·some, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for winsome

winsome
/ (ˈwɪnsəm) /

adjective

charming; winning; engaginga winsome smile

Derived forms of winsome

winsomely, adverbwinsomeness, noun

Word Origin for winsome

Old English wynsum, from wynn joy (related to Old High German wunnia, German Wonne) + -sum -some 1
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