Definition of charming in English:

charming

adjective

  • 1Very pleasant or attractive.

    ‘a charming country cottage’
    • ‘Deeply enchanted by the charming environment, he decided to settle down for good.’
    • ‘The village was charming and attracted visitors from near and far.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘History buffs will be pleasantly regaled by this charming little chamber piece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clean air, the salty spray and the charming surroundings have beguiled visitors for aeons.’
    • ‘She saw him smile, a charming, attractive smile, one that was supposed to compel her into trusting him, no doubt.’
    • ‘The charming dormer cottages in brick, with their magnificent gardens looked extremely well as did the mock Tudor style houses opposite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You walk through Oxford, sometimes all the way up to Summertown, a charming suburb with delightful sandwich shops, wearing suits and gowns and carnations.’
    • ‘It towered high above the charming cottage but still looked old-fashioned and attractive.’
    • ‘The guest annexe consists of a two-bedroom apartment and a two-storey, two-bedroom cottage in a charming courtyard setting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 birds of Hong Kong are a delightful component of the charming ambience of this fascinating city.’
    • ‘Though the pavilion is a little artificial, we were enchanted by the charming music after our long walk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone is delighted with the charming cottage and its surroundings.’
    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’
      • ‘Luke was everything she could've hoped for: sweet, charming and gorgeous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bullies are often charming people who are well-liked.’
      • ‘A charming and attractive woman has been targeting customers of Natwest banks and stealing cash in a crafty scam.’
      • ‘He was genuinely charming, being boisterously affectionate, having a desperate desire to please, and taking a real interest in other people.’
      • ‘A charming and pleasant man, open and warm, he had been kind enough to read my thesis and like it.’
      • ‘The most gratifying thing about starting this blog has been the opportunity to get acquainted with so many smart and charming people.’
      • ‘She was a charming woman, cultured, trilingual and deeply interested in the wild life of the region.’
      • ‘Frank Churchill is charming and attractive, and for a brief period Emma thinks herself in love.’
      • ‘She was a charming girl, well brought up with perfect manners, but without doubt the most idle person I have ever met.’
      • ‘This politician is charming and likeable but carries the air of a bit of a mischievous rogue.’
      • ‘He comes across as a smooth, charming guy but there's a bit of a secret there as well.’
      • ‘It was a pleasant letter from a charming young man.’
      • ‘He was placid, very pleasant, proud, charming and unassuming.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Everyone I have met has been charming and attractive.’
      • ‘He seemed to be a perfectly nice guy, attractive and very charming.’
      • ‘But, all of them were cute, charming and adorable.’
      • ‘He was charming and polite and very encouraging to those who would follow in his footsteps.’
      • ‘Sure enough, it's Jonathan Richman, in much the same charming manner as we've heard him countless times over the past 30 years.’
      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/