gainsome

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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From gain(profit, advantage, foredeal, benefit) +‎ -some.

AdjectiveEdit

gainsome ‎(comparative more gainsome, superlative most gainsome)

  1. Marked by gain; gainful; profitable.
    • 1843, Julius Rubens Ames, ‎Benjamin Lundy, The Legion of Liberty!:
      The cotton grower felt delight at the gainsome expansion of his cotton fields.
    • 2008, Raj Kumar, International Economics:
      We have the feasible potential to be competitive in a gainsome way in many sectors.
    • 2013 (original 1480), Sarah Annes Brown, ‎Andrew Taylor, Ovid in English, 1480-1625. Part One: Metamorphoses:
      It not consisteth all of pleasant words, / More gainsome tricks are there still to be found; [...]

Etymology 2Edit

From gain(straight, direct, immediate, short) +‎ -some.

AdjectiveEdit

gainsome ‎(comparative more gainsome, superlative most gainsome)

  1. Well-formed; handsome; gainly.