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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Abrams manages, however, to be both erudite and endearing. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Oyelowo is quite endearing and funny as Harold, but he's given very little to work with. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "'Gringo' review: David Oyelowo tests his comedic chops in lackluster kidnapping tale," 8 Mar. 2018 Big windows that fit the building were added at the front of the bar, making the place feel open and friendly, and an endearing neon sign over the entry flicks on at night. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 When healthy, Ramirez was one of the league’s most exciting hitters—a line-drive machine married to a goofy, endearing personality. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Red Sox Ran Out of Patience With the Underperforming Hanley Ramirez," 25 May 2018 And penguins enjoy wide appeal because of their endearing charm, cuteness, and funny antics. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Endangered penguins splash it up in new digs at Camden's Adventure Aquarium," 16 May 2018 Walter is kind and endearing, humorous and handsome in his boyish way, and Mr. James delivers him with an irresistible glow. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Homecoming’ Review: For Those Who Served," 1 Nov. 2018 Hollywood’s most exciting, endearing, hilariously scene-stealing star. Vogue, "Tiffany Haddish on Her Career, Her Eritrean Roots, and How She Deals With Hecklers," 1 Aug. 2018 McCollister nails her theater trope mockery while managing to wear the character lightly, letting out an endearing laugh just frequently enough to keep us all in on the joke. Zach Freeman, chicagotribune.com, "What did I just see? Sarah Squirm tops a long, strange, funny night at Empty Bottle," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of endearing

1766, in the meaning defined above

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