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Definition of addicting

: causing addiction : addictive
a : 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
b : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Watch out, the instant squeaky-clean results can be a little addicting! Caylin Harris, Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2021 Dot's Pretzels might be the pride of North Dakota, but the addicting snack got its humble start here. Lauren Saria, azcentral, 19 May 2020 There are many things that make Animal Crossing: New Horizons a lovable game: its real-time gameplay, beautiful art, addicting soundtrack, and sassy (sometimes annoyingly so) animals that come and go. Nina Huang,, 22 Apr. 2020 Keep the caramel love going by making some addicting popcorn or try your hand at another fancy dessert like a Pot de Crème, which is a custard similar to crème brûlée, just not as thick. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2020 Johnson admitted to having binge watched Netflix's wildly addicting docuseries about the eccentric characters at the center of America's big cat world. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 30 Mar. 2020 Basically, Lohan and Hilton had a persistent feud back in the day that was an addicting, confusing mess thanks to contradictory statements and, years later, rewritings of history. Kathryn Lindsay,, 7 Apr. 2020 Now might be the time to revisit all those levels of Candy Crush, or other addicting online and app games. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 12 Mar. 2020 This includes Greenies to keep their teeth shiny, the oh-so-addicting Temptations, DentaSticks, and natural dog treats. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of addicting

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addicting

from present participle of addict entry 2

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“Addicting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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