Definition of addicting

: causing addiction : addictive addicting drugs According to one argument, substances like sugar are addicting because they affect neurotransmitters that improve mood.— Sandra Blakeslee Such overwhelming enticements proved addicting to much of the business world …— Charles Derber — see also addict entry 1

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Synonyms & Antonyms for addicting


addictive, habit-forming



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Hargrove sat down with Longreads to discuss tornadoes, his own storm chasing, and the addicting thrill of being in the presence of something that can cause unfathomable chaos and destruction. Jonny Auping, Longreads, "Chasing the Man Who Caught the Storm: An Interview With Brantley Hargrove," 11 Apr. 2018 Inexpensive, addicting, profitable and popular, podcasting was supposed to be one of the saviors of digital media. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 Well, none of us can, but that's precisely what makes the movie's innocent comedic premise so addicting—even after 15 years. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How The Elf Set Designers Built Santa's Workshop Around Will Ferrell," 8 Nov. 2018 But Elbaz is, of course, the realest deal, and like a good cake, few things are as addicting as he. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Alber Elbaz Is Back With a Joyous LeSportsac Collaboration," 23 July 2018 Fliou said, adding that the sensation can be addicting. Gina Grillo,, "Highwood's Inferno Fest celebrates all things spicy," 3 July 2018 The archery outlet has hosted the women's event for the last three years, to introduce women to the sport and create an opportunity for women to have fun and bond over shooting carp, which Vincent said can be addicting. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bowfishing might be a male-dominate sport, but Dousman's Whale Tales Archery is trying to change that," 18 June 2018 Running that fast, and winning with such dominance that often, can be addicting. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "America’s Next Great Running Hope, and One of the Cruelest Twists in Youth Sports," 8 June 2018 The intestines have a crisp fattiness that’s as addicting as pork rinds, and the chicken is perfectly bite-size, playing hide-and-seek in a mosh pit of chile peppers. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018

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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 1

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