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charming

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ
 
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Definition of charming in English:

adjective

1Very pleasant or attractive: a charming country cottage
More example sentences
  • Like a lot of people I've heard from, my expectations for it were not exactly sky high, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how charming and sweet the movie is.
  • History buffs will be pleasantly regaled by this charming little chamber piece.
  • She saw him smile, a charming, attractive smile, one that was supposed to compel her into trusting him, no doubt.
Synonyms
striking, alluring, delectable, ravishing, winning, winsome, fetching, captivating, engaging, enchanting, entrancing, fascinating, bewitching, beguiling, spellbinding, hypnotizing, mesmerizing, seductive, desirable, tempting, inviting, irresistible
informal dreamy, heavenly, divine, adorbs, gorgeous, smashing, easy on the eye, as nice as pie
North American informal babelicious, bodacious
dated taking
literary beauteous
archaic fair, comely
1.1(Of a person or their manner) very polite, friendly, and likeable: he was a charming, affectionate colleague
More example sentences
  • He was charming and polite and very encouraging to those who would follow in his footsteps.
  • This politician is charming and likeable but carries the air of a bit of a mischievous rogue.
  • She was a charming girl, well brought up with perfect manners, but without doubt the most idle person I have ever met.

exclamation

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Used as an ironic expression of displeasure or disapproval: ‘I hate men.’ ‘Charming!’ he said
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  • Well that's charming that is! And I was going to give you that drink on the house too.
  • So what you are saying is that those who agree with you are right, and those who disagree are disgusting. That's charming.

Derivatives

charmingly

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adverb
Example sentences
  • He is the owner of a fine home, a lovely and intelligent wife, and four charmingly spirited children.
  • Unlike so many other romantic comedies, this film is charmingly real.
  • The question is left open enough to be charmingly paradoxical.

Words that rhyme with charming

disarming, pharming

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