Definition of winsome in US English:



  • Attractive or appealing in appearance or character.

    ‘a winsome smile’
    • ‘Lengthy bonding scenes follow in which, inevitably, the hardened, world-weary, cynical bodyguard learns to love the winsome little blonde.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the supporting players are a winsome bunch.’
    • ‘He slid those dark eyes toward her, full of winsome appeal.’
    • ‘This last one in particular wasn't much heeded by the programme's winsome presenter.’
    • ‘His winsome chit-chat further endeared these die-hards as he recounted one hilarious story after another.’
    • ‘Their winsome smiles and charming looks lit up the place, setting hearts aflutter.’
    • ‘It's a lovely spot, clean, serene, winsome, flowery, and bathed in an almost suptropical warmth.’
    • ‘But, doubts remain… is he too winsome for his own good?’
    • ‘His winsome hangers-on leant credence to his kingly claims.’
    • ‘She looked at the cop, quickly pulling on her most winsome innocent face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With his charming looks and winsome manners he soon won admiration from the men and women of Basarke and the villages nearby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘So says the English guru,’ Troy teased lightly, and he flashed a sudden winsome smile.’
    • ‘He calmly walked up to her a mischievous smile on his winsome face.’
    appealing, engaging, charming, winning, attractive, pretty, sweet, cute, endearing, darling, dear, lovable, adorable, lovely, delightful, enchanting, captivating, fetching
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Old English wynsum, from wyn ‘joy’ + -some.