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  • Or winsome?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • She gave me a winsome smile.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I say phony because Mosby, a Virginia colonel, was not related to me in the slightest way; the story, however, was both passably authentic and colorful and I told it with drawling embellishments and winsome sidelights and bravura touches, savoring each dramatic effect and in the end turning on such slick medium-voltage charm that Leslie, eyes ashine, reached up and grasped my hand as she had at Coney Island, and I felt her palm a little moist with desire, or so it seemed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I sat forward in the visitor’s chair, trying to look winsomely appealing.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • But what astonished mc: Kitsey, who always held my hand at a slight distance — tugging me along behind her, winsomely swinging my arm like a child playing London Bridge—was nestled deep and sorrowfully into his side.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • If any of them decided to sabotage your bike, they weren’t a guest of mine, and are therefore … He offered a winsome smile.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • For sleeping man, ’twas hard to choose between such winsome days and such seducing nights.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Dad shook hands with all the men, patted the children and smiled winsomely at the women.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It was a far different woman from the one at church—the winsome fisher wife serving tea and coffee.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • ’Nelly, will you keep a secret for me?’ she pursued, kneeling down by me, and lifting her winsome eyes to my face with that sort of look which turns off bad temper, even when one has all the right in the world to indulge it.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • Thou didst kindle the strife, this feud of kinsman with kin, By the eyes of a winsome wife, and the yearning her heart to win.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Of a truth the phrase hath a fair and winsome grace, and is prettily worded withal.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Interest retired, and Poetry came forward, and when she had gone through her figures like the others, fixing her eyes on the damsel of the castle, she said: With many a fanciful conceit, Fair Lady, winsome Poesy Her soul, an offering at thy feet, Presents in sonnets unto thee.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Winsomely she on Bloohimwhom smiled.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The manager looked at his lovely prize, so beautiful, so winsome, so difficult to be won, and made strange resolutions.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She had a winsome face when her hair was loose.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Tears came to his eyes as he remembered her childlike look, and winsome fanciful ways, and shy tremulous grace.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • ’twas a very winsome sight; and her hair was brushed splendid.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Jesus, he could be winsome—the world’s charm-boy.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He had a peculiar charm, a sort of winsomeness that’s pleasant to remember even now when I picture it, though, of course, I think of him still as a schoolboy in cricket flannels.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Because the reporter was rapidly becoming a man something of his man’s appeal, combined with the winsomeness of the boy, stirred the heart of the lonely woman.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • You know," and he smiled winsomely and coaxingly into her eyes, "I’ve been just nearly crazy over you ever since you came in here and Sunday made it worse.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • She went into the house, a frail small woman, still winsome but hopeless of eye as she staggered with the weight of the drowsy boy in her arms.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • To-day, in mysterious malaise, he raged or rejoiced with equal nervous swiftness, and to-day the light of spring was so winsome that he lifted his head and saw.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She would name each item that struck her fancy in the window and if I was not moved by its charm she would winsomely explain why I should be charmed and we would continue our walk.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He could not help feeling that it would be a pitiful waste of sweet material if the tender-natured thing should be doomed from this early stage of her life onwards to dribble away her winsome qualities on lonely gorse and fern.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • 610 There was laughter of heroes, and high the din rang And winsome the words were.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • These thoughts, these flashes of light, that innocent winsome gesture, this Japanese car—all more or less appropriate to the landscape.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They were certainly more winsome now than they could ever have been before; I’d made them younger, too, while I was about it.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • To the fancy there is nothing so winsome as a white sail seaward blown, unless it be a white sail homeward bound, its voyage happily done.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Eyes as blue as Southern skies looked roguishly up to laughing gray ones, the winsome dimples deepened, and the sweetest little tail in dear old Dixie slid gently over on the polished board.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • …the dining room with both hands in the pockets of her sweater, trying to carry on a conversation with another patient, an acquaintance from the lounging arcade presumably, struggling in a most charming way, as Hans Castorp could hear, to speak German; and he suddenly discovered a pride in his own mother tongue that he had never known before—and, simultaneously, an urge to sacrifice that pride to the enchantment that filled him at the sound of her winsomely bungled, broken stammering.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Winsome young womanhood wins with a smile Boozers, spitters, and gamblers from things that are vile.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Winsome but Wicked.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • And now she looked him coaxingly and winsomely and calculatingly straight in the eye, as though he were the one person among all these present whom she really did like.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • She was winsome, no doubt of it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The manner was frank, cordial, winsome.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "Thy pardon, Drusus—and pardon of all—for speaking in riddles thus," Messala said, in his winsome way.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • To the sand thereon bound he the wide-fathom’d ship With anchor-bands fast, lest from them the waves’ might The wood that was winsome should drive thence awayward.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • 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.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The features were of great beauty, almost girlish in modeling, and Conway found in their winsomeness a curiously personal appeal, even across the barriers of time, death, and artifice.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He looked again at the eyebrows, at the small, winsome nose a bit on one side.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • That glad, happy air, that winsome sky, did at last stroke and caress him; the step-mother world, so long cruel—forbidding—now threw affectionate arms round his stubborn neck, and did seem to joyously sob over him, as if over one, that however wilful and erring, she could yet find it in her heart to save and to bless.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And because of the interest which Sondra was so obviously manifesting in him these days—an interest which Bertine herself had begun to feel might end in marriage, if no family complications arose to interfere—she, Bertine, was all smiles, the very soul of cordiality, winsomely insisting that he should come up and stay for the summer and she would chaperon them both so that no one would have a chance to complain.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The idea, old as the oldest of peoples, that beauty is the reward of the hero had never such realism as she contrived for his pleasure; insomuch that he could not doubt he was her hero; she avouched it in a thousand artful ways as natural with her as her beauty—winsome ways reserved, it would seem, by the passionate genius of old Egypt for its daughters.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • She was so gay and winsome and yielding.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • And a prettier, a daintier head of winsome curls was never seen on a whore’s shoulders.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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