Definition of winsome in US English:



  • Attractive or appealing in appearance or character.

    ‘a winsome smile’
    • ‘But the supporting players are a winsome bunch.’
    • ‘Perhaps the car's unusual looks, which were striking when it was first launched, are no longer as fresh and winsome as they once were.’
    • ‘‘So says the English guru,’ Troy teased lightly, and he flashed a sudden winsome smile.’
    • ‘He slid those dark eyes toward her, full of winsome appeal.’
    • ‘As are the ruins of their monasteries and hermitages (apart from a crumbling monastery tower, and a winsome Welsh chapel).’
    • ‘All of 11 years old, Nikosi comes across by turn as wise, winsome, overburdened, and sometimes desolate.’
    • ‘Canary yellow and bubblegum pink are the winning shades of the season and knee-length strappy dresses and casual linen trouser suits are the winsome styles.’
    • ‘His winsome chit-chat further endeared these die-hards as he recounted one hilarious story after another.’
    • ‘It's a lovely spot, clean, serene, winsome, flowery, and bathed in an almost suptropical warmth.’
    • ‘He calmly walked up to her a mischievous smile on his winsome face.’
    • ‘Lengthy bonding scenes follow in which, inevitably, the hardened, world-weary, cynical bodyguard learns to love the winsome little blonde.’
    • ‘The blushing bride-to-be had come across as winsome but shy, and - because she seemed to have so little to say for herself - perhaps just a teeny bit dozy.’
    • ‘They flickered giving just enough light to show Marlin's deep brown eyes in their best show; and Perry's smile at its most winsome.’
    • ‘Their winsome smiles and charming looks lit up the place, setting hearts aflutter.’
    • ‘His winsome hangers-on leant credence to his kingly claims.’
    • ‘She looked at the cop, quickly pulling on her most winsome innocent face.’
    • ‘This last one in particular wasn't much heeded by the programme's winsome presenter.’
    • ‘His smile was charming, and his eyes bright and winsome, and with his aura came an atmosphere of leisure accompanied by a tinge of duress.’
    • ‘With his charming looks and winsome manners he soon won admiration from the men and women of Basarke and the villages nearby.’
    • ‘But, doubts remain… is he too winsome for his own good?’
    appealing, engaging, charming, winning, attractive, pretty, sweet, cute, endearing, darling, dear, lovable, adorable, lovely, delightful, enchanting, captivating, fetching
    View synonyms


Old English wynsum, from wyn ‘joy’ + -some.