winsome
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈwɪns(ə)m/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈwɪnsəm/
Adjective

winsome (comparative winsomer, superlative winsomest)

  1. charming#Adjective|Charming, engaging#Adjective|engaging, winning#Adjective|winning; inspiring approval and trust#Noun|trust, especially if in an innocent#Adjective|innocent manner.
    The doctor’s bedside manner was especially winsome.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 13, Nausicaa]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗, page 333 ↗:
      Gerty MacDowell who was seated near her companions, lost in thought, gazing far away into the distance was in very truth as fair a specimen of winsome Irish girlhood as one could wish to see.
    • 1923, Song Ong Siang, “The Ninth Decade (1899–1909): Second Part”, in One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore: […], London: John Murray, […], OCLC 417315791 ↗, page 377 ↗:
      He [Ching Keng Lee] is a man of fine physique and above the height of the average Straits-born, with a shrewd business head, and affable and winsome manners, and continues to take a keen interest in public affairs.
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