Origin of winsome
Examples from the Web for winsome
With her open Midwestern face and winsome smile, it was easy for her to get into conversations.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story|Jacob Siegel|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Winsome is what the GOP is scrambling for these days, and on that Rubio delivered.Marco Rubio Winsome in Response to Obama, Rand Paul Mostly Feisty|Michelle Cottle|February 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So most certainly was the bold, pert little widow who rolled her eyes and put on winsome airs.A Book of Ghosts|Sabine Baring-Gould
The stories are the windows that Dr. Goss opens upon the practical themes that brighten every page of this winsome book.What a Young Woman Ought to Know|Mary Wood-Allen
The artist, we see, painted the mother as beautiful and the child as winsome as he could well imagine them.
By winsome dame full many / therefor must bitter tear be shed.The Nibelungenlied|Unknown
"I am going to leave you to the undisturbed enjoyment of your feast," she said, in her most winsome manner.At Last|Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for winsome
Word Origin for winsome
Word Origin and History for winsome
Old English wynsum "agreeable, pleasant," from wynn "pleasure, delight" (cf. German Wonne "joy, delight;" see win (v.)) + -sum (see -some (1)). Apparently surviving only in northern English dialect for 400 years until revived 18c. by Hamilton, Burns, and other Scottish poets.