winsome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj winsome charming in a childlike or naive way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Winsome Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant. "Still plotting how their hungry ear
      That winsome voice again might hear."
    • Winsome Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted. "Misled by ill example, and a winsome nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • winsome That gives or is fitted to give joy, delight, or satisfaction; delightful; pleasing, agreeable, or attractive; charming; winning; sweet.
    • winsome Kindly; gracious.
    • winsome Joyful; cheerful; merry; lively; gay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Winsome win′sum cheerful: pleasant: attractive
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Quotations

  • Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber
    “Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wynsum, fr. wynn, joy; akin to OS. wunnia, OHG. wunna, wunni, G. wonne, Goth. wunan, to rejoice (in unwunands, sad), AS. wunian, to dwell. . See Win (v. t.) Wont (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wyn-sum, pleasant—wyn, joy (Ger. wonne).

Usage

In literature:

Then she smiled, a winsome smile before which stronger men than they have fallen.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Without being what is called an ideal beauty, there was a fascination about this winsome little maid which few could resist.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
He found her the winsome slip of a fascinating girl; he last beheld her in the full flower of her maturing art.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Her charms were of the winsome kind to which he was most susceptible.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
It chanced but this morning that Marian and I, leaning from the window that overlooks the east terrace, did see a most winsome sight.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
A winsome thing like her is made to be loved.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
She looked winsome in the extreme.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
He liked the winsomeness of light upon velvet and polished wood.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Tears came to his eyes as he remembered her childlike look, and winsome fanciful ways, and shy tremulous grace.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
One can't endure to give pain to the gentle and winsome creature.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
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In poetry:

I took her han' in mine an' said,
"Noo smile, my winsome marrow;
The next time that we come again
You'll be my bride on Yarrow."
"Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
What, no Australian song, my child,
No lay of love, no hymn of praise?
And yet no mother ever smiled
With our dear country's winsome ways:
"Come, Sing Australian songs to me!" by John O Brien
An' never a single star was seen
In the heaven sae dark an' wide,
Yet lichtly the bridegroom cam' doon the path,
To claim his winsome bride.
"Daft Ailie" by Alexander Anderson
I felt that her voice so winsome,
Attuned to holier rhymes,
Would in soft cadence tell of friendship's truth,
Like harp of a thousand strings.
"Lines To Mrs. Isabel Peace" by Mary Weston Fordham
Who winged thy way, O holy wave,
In days and days of yore?
And wept the words: "O winsome wave,
This earth is not thy shore!"
Ever -- ever -- evermore?
"Fragments From An Epic Poem" by Abram Joseph Ryan
O my songs! whose winsome measures
Filled my heart with secret rapture!
Children of my golden leisures!
Must even your delights and pleasures
Fade and perish with the capture?
"Epimetheus, or the Poet's Afterthought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

For this winsome fairy tale, a first-time picture book illustrator imagines the characters from a story Milne wrote in 1925.
Mike Mills' autobiographical feature can be winsome and cute, but it's also an insightful portrayal of loss, grief and love.
I wandered into the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco this weekend and was pleased to discover this rather winsome little set of stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop.
Hernan Bas paints and draws storytelling images of winsome young men in homoerotically charged situations.
"So now I am older," Robin Pecknold states in the opening moments of Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes' high and winsome second album.
INDEPENDENCE, MN – Fire destroyed the greenhouse portion of Winsome Orchids and Gardens in Independence March 21, according to West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS).
Bel Cantanti's winsome 'Barber of Seville.
San Francisco producer put a club-ready spin on Blackbird Blackbird 's winsome indie.
The new production of Noël Coward 's Present Laughter delivers as expected: finely wrought farce, sophisticated banter, and a winsome, easy-to-take view of aging.
As part of the Sian Alice Group, Sian Ahern and Ben Crook made winsome indie rock that nodded to Galaxie 500, Low, and the Dirty Three.
Glue Factory's 'Finn' holds tight in winsome fashion.
Anna (Celia Schaefer), the winsome nuclear-arms regulator, stands upstage right.
When Kate Douglas Wiggin penned her winsome little drama, she had no idea it would become the longest-running play in Maine history.
Rural Peruvian women crafters are supported by Crate & Barrel, which is selling the artisans' winsome holiday ornaments.
If anyone can still be winsome at 50, it's Donovan Leitch, who is making a comeback in the image of his folky self from 30 years ago.
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