sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile.
Origin of winsome
before 900; Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum,Related formswin·some·ly, adverbwin·some·ness, nounun·win·some, adjective
equivalent to wyn
joy (see wynn
) + -sum -some1
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Examples from the Web for winsomely
Historical Examples of winsomely
Ah, when shall I be able to rise up out of this lower life, and fly to her who beckons me so winsomely?
If you will, of your own glad accord, freely, winsomely take the yoke upon you--that is what He asks.
Those who have themselves learned the truth and are patiently, faithfully, winsomely telling and teaching others.
His 'friendships' and associates, so winsomely 'sung' of, will demand full after-notice.
He looked at me with his young blue eyes, eyes so bright, so navely inquisitive, so winsomely meditative.
British Dictionary definitions for winsomely
Derived Formswinsomely, adverbwinsomeness, noun
charming; winning; engaginga winsome smile
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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Word Origin and History for winsomely
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.
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