endearing

adjective

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: 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

you have to wonder about people who don't find kittens and puppies endearing his impish sense of humor is one of his more endearing traits
Recent Examples on the Web Fellow employees found his style both unique and endearing. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 4 July 2024 That was kind of an endearing thing to see, is somebody who wasn’t afraid to take on power. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2024 Partly that’s because, if a young woman behaved as Ivan behaves in this story, that might be considered fairly strange and off-putting, rather than endearing or desirable. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 Look, there's no getting around how utterly weird this one is, but somehow, this incredibly surreal show somersaults over its bizarre premise to become an unexpectedly warm and endearing tale of human connection. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for endearing 

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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