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Examples of winsome in a Sentence
He had a winsome, boyish smile.
she was a bright, winsome gamine who could draw a smile out of anyone
Recent Examples of winsome from the Web
At the start of the film, Bosco is a happy idiot, with a winsome smile and an open manner that are really engaging.
But this one even knows how to strike a winsome pose.]
The rise of this winsome, human-loving bird raises key questions for conservationists, namely: What are the possibilities and limits of promoting such naturally charismatic animals?
Silverman further populates her wuthering heights with a winsome governess (Chasten Harmon), a typhoid maid (Hannah Cabell), a talking moorhen (Teresa Avia Lim), and a glum mastiff (Andrew Garman).
As the Boy, Mr. Simkins finds a perfect vehicle for his winsome facility; his high energy and nervous tension carry the ballet.
For those who have been living in a manhole, interior designer Gaines is the female half of the winsome flip-and-fix couple out of Waco, Texas.
Still, Landline is winsome and clever, a very Sundance-y Sundance film that isn’t cloying or precious.
With their plush fur and winsome eyes, the distant ape relatives are endearing creatures.
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Did You Know?
Winsome began as "wynsum" a thousand years ago. It was formed from "wynn," the Old English word for "joy" or "pleasure," and the suffix -sum, an older form of the "-some" we see today in many adjectives, such as "awesome," "irksome," and "lonesome." "Wynn" later became win, meaning "pleasure," but we haven't used that noun since the 17th century. We do, however, use another word that has a "pleasing" connection and is related, albeit distantly, to "winsome." "Winning" ("tending to please or delight," as in "a winning smile" or "winning ways"), the present participle of the familiar verb "win," is from Old English winnan, meaning "to struggle." Both "winnan" and "wynn" are thought to be related to Latin venus, which means, among other things, "charm."
WINSOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of winsome for English Language Learners
: cheerful, pleasant, and appealing
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