en·​dear·​ing | \ in-ˈdir-iŋ How to pronounce endearing (audio) , 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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Other Words from endearing

endearingly \ in-​ˈdir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce endearingly (audio) , en-​ \ adverb
an endearingly warmhearted person

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His ability to make difficult shots from deep and playmake a little on the side has always been endearing. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Grades: Heat Select Tyler Herro with No. 13 Pick," 20 June 2019 Anna Stefanic does a fine job of making Girl serious but not unlikable, and her pushy optimism quickly becomes endearing. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Mad Cow’s ‘Once’ hits the heart but doesn’t quite grab the soul | Review," 9 June 2019 But In season two, a lot of the show is endearing, too. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Let's save 'A.P. Bio,' the quirky TV comedy set in Ohio (and made by a Michigander)," 12 June 2019 Phil plays an endearing way that has always been ill-suited to winning our national championship. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Here's why the Cincinnati Reds' deal for Yasiel Puig was not bad," 8 June 2019 Frances Ha is at once witty and endearing, an intimate portrait of awkwardness and ambition, of moving from apartment to apartment, friend to friend, city to city, trying to find one’s way in life. The New York Review of Books, "Yasmine El Rashidi," 6 June 2019 Often, Father’s Day cards and tributes include humorous jokes about the idiosyncrasies of many dads or the endearing, but amusing, rituals that often are a part of the whole dad mojo. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Why we should celebrate the many unique roles of dads on Father's Day," 5 June 2019 His ability to make difficult shots from deep and playmake a little on the side has always been endearing. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 5 June 2019 In real life, Emma Thompson is endlessly endearing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Emma Thompson's Years and Years on HBO Is Your New TV Addiction," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of endearing

1766, in the meaning defined above

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