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


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


charming (comparative charminger or more charming, superlative (nonstandard) charmest or charmingest or most charming)

  1. Pleasant, charismatic.
    Synonyms: charismatic, smart, witty
    Antonyms: dull, charmless
    • 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."
    • 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.
  2. Delightful in a playful way which avoids responsibility or seriousness, as if attracting through a magical charm.
    Antonyms: silly, charmless

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  1. present participle of charm


charming (plural charmings)

  1. The casting of a magical charm.
    • 1616, Thomas Middleton, The Witch
      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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