Definition of “charming” - English Dictionary

“charming” in British English

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uk /ˈtʃɑː.mɪŋ/ us /ˈtʃɑːr.mɪŋ/

B1 pleasant and attractive:

We had dinner with our director and his charming wife.
What a charming street this is.

disapproving used to describe people who use their attractiveness to influence people or to make other people like them:

He's very charming but I wouldn't trust him.

disapproving often humorous used to show that you do not approve of what someone has said or done:

"Shut up, will you, I'm trying to watch TV!" "Oh, charming!"

More examples

  • They live in a charming old cottage.
  • I think her naivety is charming - she's so unspoilt and fresh.
  • He's suave, polished and charming.
  • He's very charming but I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him.
  • Jim was remarkably charming this evening - he even said, unprompted, how nice Margot looked in her dress.
adverb uk /ˈtʃɑː.mɪŋ.li/ us /ˈtʃɑːr.mɪŋ.li/ approving

(Definition of “charming” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)