adjective \ˈwin(t)-səm\

: cheerful, pleasant, and appealing

Full Definition of WINSOME

:  generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence <a winsome smile>
win·some·ly adverb
win·some·ness noun

Examples of WINSOME

  1. He had a winsome, boyish smile.
  2. <she was a bright, winsome gamine who could draw a smile out of anyone>

Origin of WINSOME

Middle English winsum, from Old English wynsum, from wynn joy; akin to Old High German wunna joy, Latin venus desire — more at win
First Known Use: before 12th century


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