Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for winsome on Thesaurus.com sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile. Origin of winsome before 900; Middle English winsom, Old English wynsum,
-sum -some 1 Related forms win·some·ly, adverb win·some·ness, noun un·win·some, adjective
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Ah, when shall I be able to rise up out of this lower life, and fly to her who beckons me so
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 charming; winning; engaging a winsome smile Derived Forms winsomely, adverb winsomeness, noun Word Origin for winsome
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 winsome adj.
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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