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winsome

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Definition attractive or appealing — often in a childlike way
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She gave me a winsome smile.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • 'twas a very winsome sight; and her hair was brushed splendid.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • 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
  • 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
  • Winsome young womanhood wins with a smile Boozers, spitters, and gamblers from things that are vile.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The manager looked at his lovely prize, so beautiful, so winsome, so difficult to be won, and made strange resolutions.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • 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
  • 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
  • For sleeping man, 'twas hard to choose between such winsome days and such seducing nights.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • 610 There was laughter of heroes, and high the din rang And winsome the words were.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • Jesus, he could be winsome—the world's charm-boy.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • 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
  • These thoughts, these flashes of light, that innocent winsome gesture, this Japanese car—all more or less appropriate to the landscape.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • She had a winsome face when her hair was loose.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • 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
  • 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
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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