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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On Friday's episode of Last Man Standing, Jay Leno reprised his role as Joe, an endearing employee who works at Mike Baxter's (Tim Allen) store, Outdoor Man. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Have a Lot of Feelings About Jay Leno's Appearance on the Show," 15 Oct. 2018 On the table before me are two diminutive robots, each emitting endearing little robot beeps and bloops, their screen eyes active. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out," 8 Aug. 2018 Not as cool as the original, of course, but another chance to visit with Billy Crystal and John Goodman in particularly endearing roles. 13. 'Brave' (2012) Pixar finally gets a female protagonist. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank Pixar's animated movies, from worst to best," 14 June 2018 In short, Short was hilariously brutal and completely endearing. Melissa Locker, Time, "Martin Short Roasted Stephen Colbert and It Was Glorious," 12 Apr. 2018 So, his bit seems significantly less endearing now. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Every Awkward, Bizarre, Boring Entrance From The Bachelorette Premiere," 29 May 2018 Oyelowo is quite endearing and funny as Harold, but he's given little to work with. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "David Oyelowo deserves a better comedy showcase than 'Gringo'," 8 Mar. 2018 Her endearing stories were based on the importance of faith, family and farming. Michael Taube, WSJ, "‘Little House’ Has Been Condemned," 4 July 2018 Blue-collar white Roger is the Neanderthal of the bunch-albeit an endearing and eminently redeemable one. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of endearing

1766, in the meaning defined above

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