endearing

adjective
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 endearing (audio) , en-​ \ adverb
an endearingly warmhearted person

Examples of endearing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sport is sprightly, with quick steering and eager responses that give it an endearing dynamic character to match its appearance. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs. Jeep Cherokee vs. Mazda CX-5," 11 Mar. 2021 Instead, Venom and his crush on his partner-in-crime Zato are shown in the same cute and endearing way as their heterosexual counterparts are often portrayed. De'angelo Epps, Wired, "Fighting Games Like Mortal Kombat Have Come a Long Way," 23 Apr. 2021 While most of Fantasy Junction’s offerings are more valuable and higher in profile than this Alfa, few are more endearing or rewarding to drive. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Car of the Week: How the Giulietta Sprint Speciale Helped Sculpt Alfa Romeo’s Legacy," 19 Apr. 2021 This was home ec at its most passionate and endearing. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Did Home Economics Empower Women?," 19 Apr. 2021 The young players are just as endearing and well cast. Judy Berman, Time, "Big Shot Is a Surprisingly Lovable Sports Drama From Franchise-Crazy Disney+," 16 Apr. 2021 There’s also a foil to Season 1 favorite Shubham, who stole the hearts of players and viewers alike, in the form of eccentric breathwork expert Bryant, whose unwavering optimism is either endearing or unsettling, depending on your perspective. Ilana Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, "Netflix’s reality sensation ‘The Circle’ is back. And this time, it’s cutthroat," 14 Apr. 2021 While Alford reached the Sweet 16 in three of his first four seasons in Westwood, his teams were never as endearing as the current squad. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Mick Cronin’s Westwood spell is transforming Bruins into NCAA bluebloods," 22 Mar. 2021 The fact that her works are still as motivating and as important today—if not more so than when they were originally written—is a testament to the endearing legacy of one of our greatest literary minds. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Mars’ Perserverance Rover Landing Site Named After Octavia E. Butler," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of endearing

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Endearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endearing. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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