en·dear·ing | \in-ˈdir-iŋ, en-\

Definition of endearing 

: arousing feelings of affection or admiration an endearing habit/quality … the character he plays … is one of the most endearing on television …— Frank Owen

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endearingly \in-ˈdir-iŋ-lē, en- \ adverb
an endearingly warmhearted person

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Capitol Hill’s mystery soda machine has vanished, the latest twist in the endearing little saga of a vintage dispenser that had been stocked anonymously (and creatively). Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "We go inside Amazon’s warehouse world, plus Kam Chancellor retires from the NFL | Monday Morning Brief, July 2," 2 July 2018 More people who can actually compete for wins on the track, while having an incredibly endearing backstory off it. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR catches a spark: What Martin Truex Jr. brings that other contenders don't," 27 June 2018 For all of its low-budget quirks (sometimes the coloring is off, some shots last longer than any moment of intense eye contact should), the series has an endearing warmth. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "This Queer Cooking Show Reinvigorated My Pride in Home Cooking," 22 June 2018 And there are few personalities more endearing than Wagner, the 6-foot-11 Michigan forward who delivered a performance for the ages in Saturday’s victory over Loyola-Chicago. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "For Michigan and Villanova, a defining moment awaits.," 1 Apr. 2018 The crowned parrots kissing the pearl is so endearing and symbolic to me. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "All the Jewels Louise Linton Wore to Her Wedding," 19 June 2017 Large Position Auto Bottom Top Sample Caption Text 0:00 0:00 0:00 But there’s also a purity to the song that renders it equally cringeworthy and endearing. Jaya Saxena, GQ, ""Two Princes" Is the World's Catchiest Punchline," 23 May 2018 Iceland’s modern-day raiders have channeled their ancient urge to pack into ships and terrorize nearby coastlines into a more endearing habit: packing onto planes and terrorizing teams like Portugal. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Iceland Is Your New Favorite World Cup Team (and They Know It)," 15 June 2018 The vessel, nicknamed el pato loco (the crazy duck), is just as unique as the greenstone figure in its own endearing way. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of endearing

1766, in the meaning defined above

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