charming

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English charmyng; equivalent to charm +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃɑː(ɹ).mɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)mɪŋ

Adjective[edit]

charming (comparative more charming, superlative most charming)

  1. Pleasant, charismatic.
    Synonyms: charismatic, smart, witty
    Antonyms: dull, charmless
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      In the abstract, Stuhlbarg’s twinkly-eyed sidekick suggests Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2 by way of late-period Robin Williams with an alien twist, but Stuhlbarg makes a character that easily could have come across as precious into a surprisingly palatable, even charming man.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 6:
      "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."
  2. Delightful in a playful way which avoids responsibility or seriousness, as if attracting through a magical charm.
    Antonyms: silly, charmless

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

charming

  1. present participle of charm

Noun[edit]

charming (plural charmings)

  1. The casting of a magical charm.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Middleton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They denied me often flour, barm and milk, / Goose-grease and tar, when I ne'er hurt their charmings, / Their brewlocks, nor their batches, nor forespoke / Any of their breedings.

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