ad·​dict·​ing ə-ˈdik-tiŋ How to pronounce addicting (audio)
: causing addiction : addictive
: causing a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity
Although codeine is potentially addicting, it rarely causes physical dependence when taken orally for a short time.Consumer Reports
: producing a strong inclination to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly
This relish is typically used as a topping for bruschetta …—but I find it so addicting I can simply eat spoonfuls from a bowl.Francisco J. Robert

Examples of addicting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prepare to add this addicting cheese to your regular menu. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2023 But for users like Courtney, the struggles to quit are real and complicated by the powerful cultural perception that marijuana is natural and therapeutic, not a substance that can be addicting. David Ovalle and Fenit Nirappil, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Aug. 2023 With ornate window displays and high towers, the busy street comes to life and gives you a taste of the buzz that makes NYC so addicting. Kyler Alvord, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 July 2023 And iPhone—maybe—would be less addicting without Instagram. Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 9 June 2023 Bacon is, without a doubt, one of the most delicious and addicting breakfast foods out there. Brittany Leitner, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2023 Showrunner Debora Cahn has crafted that elusive not-prestige-but-not-not-prestige political thriller, one that marries the addicting silliness Netflix has staked its claim upon with the sobriety of those other streamers-that-shall-not-be-named. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 22 Apr. 2023 That's so addicting. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2023 All legal, but very addicting. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


from present participle of addict entry 2

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of addicting was in 1931

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“Addicting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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