en·​dear·​ing in-ˈdir-iŋ How to pronounce endearing (audio)
: arousing feelings of affection or admiration
an endearing habit/quality
… the character he plays … is one of the most endearing on television …Frank Owen
endearingly adverb
an endearingly warmhearted person

Examples of endearing in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of endearing was in 1766

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“Endearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endearing. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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