arousing

adjective
arous·​ing | \ ə-ˈrau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce arousing (audio) \

Definition of arousing

: causing stimulation to a state of excitement especially : sexually exciting sexually arousing materials He found the smell of her perfume arousing. — Irvine Welsh The strip was called Male Call, and it featured the most arousing woman of my young life: Miss Lace. — Pete Hamill

Other Words from arousing

arousingly adverb
… Frischmann's lyrics are still arousingly sexy and smart. — Dan Aquilante

Examples of arousing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s sort of gross, but also a strangely arousing way to describe the painful expansion of self that comes with falling in love. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 The supervisor also recommended performing the steps two to three hours after trying to interview members of a household to avoid arousing suspicions from higher-ups who could track where census takers had been through their IPhones. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 The supervisor also recommended performing the steps two to three hours after trying to interview members of a household to avoid arousing suspicions from higher-ups who could track where census takers had been through their IPhones. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of arousing

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arousing

from present participle of arouse

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Cite this Entry

“Arousing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arousing. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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