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The Collaborative Dictionary

Winsome \Win"some\, a. [Compar. Winsomer; superl. Winsomest.] [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.] [1913 Webster]
Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted. [1913 Webster] Misled by ill example, and a winsome nature. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]
Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant. [1913 Webster] Still plotting how their hungry ear That winsome voice again might hear. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

winsome adj : charming in a childlike or naive way





  • a UK /ˈwɪn.sʌm/ /"wIn.sVm/


  1. Charming; inspiring trust and approval; especially if in an innocent manner.
    His bedside manner was especially winsome.

Derived terms

Winsome is a given name, and may refer to:
  • Winsome Evans (born 1941), Associate Professor of music at the University of Sydney
  • Winsome Sears (21st century), member of the Virginia House of Delegates
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