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

Examples of endearing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Being dorky is part of what makes Rush so endearing. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "10 great ‘bad’ albums by legendary rock bands," 8 May 2020 One is endearing to Cleveland, one is potentially bad news for Cleveland. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Joe Burrow knows Cleveland, and now the Browns will need to beat him for the next decade," 26 Feb. 2020 This is the most popular player in the world, a distinction Curry gained through hard work and his endearing persona, but even a legend’s career is fleeting. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "NBA’s long coronavirus layoff: a mixture of benefit and anxiety," 5 May 2020 Many others thought Levi's way of addressing the coaches was beyond endearing. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Voice' Coach Kelly Clarkson Says She's “Done” After This Heartbreaking Elimination," 19 Apr. 2020 That's not to say audiences will have trouble engaging with the characters; Higgins and Ward make for an endearing odd couple, and the latter even manages to isolate some moments of grace in his conflicted widower. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on Netflix and Amazon Prime this weekend," 17 Apr. 2020 Along with Istanbul's street cats, these baskets, often ad-hoc creations made of colorful plastic wash bins or woven picnic baskets on a long rope, are one of the city's endearing anomalies—and a regular fixture, just like the elders who use them. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istanbul’s Famous Basket Tradition Has Become Essential Amid Coronavirus," 10 Apr. 2020 Pat was a warm, sensitive and fun stepmum to Jocelyne, an endearing mother in law to Nathan and proud grandmother to Shula. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 12/13," 13 Dec. 2019 Over the next 40 years, Ruthmere embraced the endearing woman. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A rare sculpture in Elkhart surprised everyone when it sold for $7.5 million. Here's why.," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of endearing

1766, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Endearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endearing. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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