ad·​dict·​ing | \ ə-ˈdik-tiŋ How to pronounce addicting (audio) \

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 Juul's prospects have declined sharply amid growing regulatory scrutiny of e-cigarettes, which critics blame for addicting youth to nicotine and potentially serving as a gateway to traditional cigarettes. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Marlboro maker Altria says its Juul e-cigarette investment is deteriorating in value," 31 Oct. 2019 Thankfully fans won't have to wait too long for the strangely addicting show to return. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "When Will 'The Masked Singer' Be Back? Fans Have to Wait Another Week," 30 Oct. 2019 The freshwater fish are sliced thin and dredged in corn flour, cornmeal and a spice mixture before being quickly fried, resulting in addicting, crispy little fish sticks, served with a kicky red-chile mayo. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Just in time for a fall road trip, Falls Landing serving elevated up-north fare," 17 Oct. 2019 Watch out for your wallets: Shopping at Dollar General is about to get even more addicting. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dollar General Is Selling Home Decor So Just Take All Our Money Now," 23 July 2019 Scooping up a good dip is like eating ice cream straight from the pint: delicious, addicting, and sometimes regrettable. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Go Ahead and Fill Up on This Fiery Cashew Dip," 26 July 2019 However, their day-to-day actions mask the complication nature of their relationship wrestling underneath, brought to the surface by Rogers' addicting vocals. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Drop: Destiny Rogers Gets Raw In New "LockDown" Music Video," 25 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of addicting was in 1931

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9 Dec 2019

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“Addicting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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