1) ADJ-GRADED If you say that something is charming, you mean that it is very pleasant or attractive.

...a charming little fishing village.

...the charming custom of wearing a rose on that day.

Derived words:
charmingly ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV after v

There's something charmingly old-fashioned about his brand of entertainment.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe someone as charming, you mean they behave in a friendly, pleasant way that makes people like them.

...a charming young man...

He found her as smart and beautiful as she is charming...

He can be charming to his friends.

Derived words:
charmingly ADV-GRADED ADV after v

Calder smiled charmingly and put out his hand. `A pleasure, Mrs Talbot.'

3) CONVENTION (feelings) You can say `Charming!' to indicate your disapproval when someone has just been rude to you or told you about someone's bad behaviour.

`I'm glad I'm not going with you, that's for sure.' - `Oh, charming!'...

`They wanted to stop my dole money for those days.' - `Charming!'

English dictionary. 2008.


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