What does winning mean?

Definitions for winning
ˈwɪn ɪŋwin·ning

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word winning.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. winningadjective

    succeeding with great difficulty

    "winning is not everything"

  2. victorious, winningadjective

    having won

    "the victorious entry"; "the winning team"

  3. fetching, taking, winningadjective

    very attractive; capturing interest

    "a fetching new hairstyle"; "something inexpressibly taking in his manner"; "a winning personality"


  1. winningadjective

    That constitutes a win.

  2. winningadjective

    That leads to success.

    a winning formula, strategy, etc.

  3. winningadjective


    a winning smile

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Winningnoun

    The sum won.

    Etymology: from win.

    A simile in one of Congreve’s prologues compares a writer to a buttering gamester, that stakes all his winnings upon every cast; so that if he loses the last throw, he is sure to be undone. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

  2. Winningparticipial adj.

    Attractive; charming.

    Etymology: from win.

    Yet less fair,
    Less winning soft, less amiably mild,
    Than that smooth wat’ry image. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    On her, as queen,
    A pomp of winning graces waited still;
    And from about her shot darts of desire
    Into all eyes, to wish her still in sight. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Cato’s soul
    Shines out in every thing she acts or speaks,
    While winning mildness and attractive smiles
    Dwell in her looks, and with becoming grace
    Soften the rigour of her father’s virtues. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. Winning

    Winning is a pop rock single originally written and recorded by Russ Ballard on his 1976 album of the same name. It was subsequently recorded by Latin rock band Santana for the 1981 album, Zebop!. The lead vocal on the Santana version was performed by Alex Ligertwood. It was the sixth track on the album and was released as the third single (backed with "Brightest Star") and as a promotional music video. The Santana version reached number 2 on the Mainstream Rock Charts and number 17 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. The song reached number 12 in South Africa.


  1. winning

    Winning generally refers to achieving the first position, succeeding in a competition, struggle, conflict or endeavor, or obtaining a desired objective or result. This can be in the context of sports, games, business, wars or personal aspirations. It often implies surpassing others or overcoming challenges or obstacles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winning

    of Win

  2. Winningadjective

    attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming; as, a winning address

  3. Winningnoun

    the act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition

  4. Winningnoun

    the money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural

  5. Winningnoun

    a new opening

  6. Winningnoun

    the portion of a coal field out for working


  1. Winning

    Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A number of racecar drivers and people associated with racing appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Winning

    win′ing, adj. and n.n. Win′ner.—adv. Win′ningly. [Win.]

Editors Contribution

  1. winningadjective

    Gaming Machines; If a machine or entity knows the quantum of your bet, and that machine or entity makes a payment to you under the heading of a win it is only true if the payment is greater than the wager.

    Gaming Machines; If a machine or entity knows the quantum of your bet, and that machine or entity makes a payment to you under the heading of a "win" it is only true if the payment is greater than the wager. EG; You win $20, however you bet $60 the machine or entity cannot pass of the $20 payment as a "win" when your net position is down by $40 or your Net position remains the same.

    Submitted by swroyce on April 4, 2022  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Winning is ranked #34314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Winning surname appeared 661 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Winning.

    95.1% or 629 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winning' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3164

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winning' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4001

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of winning in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of winning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of winning in a Sentence

  1. Mac McCorkle:

    Democrats have come so close, so many times, seniors have not deserted Donald Trump like they have in some other states, but Donald Trump's not winning them with the same margin Donald Trump did in 2016. That's the difference right now. Donald Trump is cooked here if Donald Trump loses the seniors.

  2. Randy Boyd:

    He combines a strong vision for competitive excellence with a deep commitment to winning with integrity, the greatest decade in UT Athletics begins now.

  3. Chris Beard:

    I believe in these guys. I really do, it's been a challenging season. It's the first year. It's tough. Relationships are being formed while we're playing in the toughest conference in the country. But now it's fun time. It's winning time. It's time to play in March.

  4. Nate Lashley:

    I'll try to block out all the distractions, all the exemptions and everything that comes along with winning, because it's a life-changing event, i'm hitting my irons great, driving it well. I'm just going to continue that tomorrow and see what happens.

  5. Simon Cusack:

    So that’s why winning a gold at the Olympics is such a tough thing and very often they're not won in world record time. So I’ve expressed that to Cate, she's very, very happy with having that world mark but it does n’t change anything from here on in.

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