Definition of charming in English:

charming

adjective

  • 1Very pleasant or attractive.

    ‘a charming country cottage’
    • ‘Desecrated by bombings and ravaged by war, Dubrovnik has been lovingly restored and is once again one of the most charming and delightful cities in Europe’
    • ‘The charming dormer cottages in brick, with their magnificent gardens looked extremely well as did the mock Tudor style houses opposite.’
    • ‘This charming three bedroom cottage, built circa 1900, is in fine condition throughout and is situated on a one acre site and surrounded by beautiful scenery.’
    • ‘History buffs will be pleasantly regaled by this charming little chamber piece.’
    • ‘There was more than enough in the story about the two main characters to fuel a charming, sweet, sensitive film without turning it all into some kind of ham-fisted slapstick or whatever it was supposed to be.’
    • ‘Everyone is delighted with the charming cottage and its surroundings.’
    • ‘Although his short hair was graying, he had a pleasant face with charming light brown eyes and a gentle smile that always showed on his expression.’
    • ‘You walk through Oxford, sometimes all the way up to Summertown, a charming suburb with delightful sandwich shops, wearing suits and gowns and carnations.’
    • ‘The village was charming and attracted visitors from near and far.’
    • ‘Cleverly told through a series of flashbacks, the film is a delightfully charming tale about one man's far from ordinary life and how his son gradually manages to separate fact from fiction.’
    • ‘Like a lot of people I've heard from, my expectations for it were not exactly sky high, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how charming and sweet the movie is.’
    • ‘She saw him smile, a charming, attractive smile, one that was supposed to compel her into trusting him, no doubt.’
    • ‘Though the pavilion is a little artificial, we were enchanted by the charming music after our long walk.’
    • ‘The guest annexe consists of a two-bedroom apartment and a two-storey, two-bedroom cottage in a charming courtyard setting.’
    • ‘Deeply enchanted by the charming environment, he decided to settle down for good.’
    • ‘It towered high above the charming cottage but still looked old-fashioned and attractive.’
    • ‘The clean air, the salty spray and the charming surroundings have beguiled visitors for aeons.’
    • ‘The birds of Hong Kong are a delightful component of the charming ambience of this fascinating city.’
    • ‘The charming old buildings and cottages are a throwback to the colonial past.’
    • ‘She has been indefatigable in helping us to counter a threat, which may have repercussions over a far wider area, than that occupied by this charming little cottage.’
    delightful, pleasing, pleasant, agreeable, likeable, endearing, lovely, lovable, adorable, cute, sweet, appealing, attractive, good-looking, prepossessing
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or their manner) very polite, friendly, and likeable.
      ‘he was a charming, affectionate colleague’
      • ‘He was placid, very pleasant, proud, charming and unassuming.’
      • ‘He was genuinely charming, being boisterously affectionate, having a desperate desire to please, and taking a real interest in other people.’
      • ‘Luke was everything she could've hoped for: sweet, charming and gorgeous.’
      • ‘She was a charming woman, cultured, trilingual and deeply interested in the wild life of the region.’
      • ‘He was pleasant, very charming, but when we were waiting for filming and he was standing behind me, he wrote on my ear with a marker pen!’
      • ‘He was charming and polite and very encouraging to those who would follow in his footsteps.’
      • ‘It was a pleasant letter from a charming young man.’
      • ‘Everyone I have met has been charming and attractive.’
      • ‘Bullies are often charming people who are well-liked.’
      • ‘Sure enough, it's Jonathan Richman, in much the same charming manner as we've heard him countless times over the past 30 years.’
      • ‘Frank Churchill is charming and attractive, and for a brief period Emma thinks herself in love.’
      • ‘He comes across as a smooth, charming guy but there's a bit of a secret there as well.’
      • ‘This politician is charming and likeable but carries the air of a bit of a mischievous rogue.’
      • ‘The most gratifying thing about starting this blog has been the opportunity to get acquainted with so many smart and charming people.’
      • ‘He seemed to be a perfectly nice guy, attractive and very charming.’
      • ‘She was a charming girl, well brought up with perfect manners, but without doubt the most idle person I have ever met.’
      • ‘But, all of them were cute, charming and adorable.’
      • ‘His charming ways and pleasing looks attracted me but once it was time for the duke to leave, he told me he was already married.’
      • ‘A charming and pleasant man, open and warm, he had been kind enough to read my thesis and like it.’
      • ‘A charming and attractive woman has been targeting customers of Natwest banks and stealing cash in a crafty scam.’
      suave, sophisticated, debonair, worldly, elegant, cultivated, cultured, civilized, well bred, worldly-wise
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exclamation

  • Used as an ironic expression of displeasure or disapproval.

    ‘‘I hate men.’ ‘Charming!’ he said’
    • ‘Well that's charming that is! And I was going to give you that drink on the house too.’
    • ‘So what you are saying is that those who agree with you are right, and those who disagree are disgusting. That's charming.’

Pronunciation

charming

/ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ/