enticing

adjective
en·​tic·​ing | \ in-ˈtī-siŋ How to pronounce enticing (audio) , en- \

Definition of enticing

: arousing strong attraction or interest : alluring an enticing aroma an enticing menu an enticing opportunity/possibility Some of the most enticing food on the menu is in the "little bite" section, more than a dozen appetizers priced from $5 to $11 per plate.— Aleta Watson … the books that would give him a taste of the knowledge which was more enticing to his wide-awake young mind than clothes and food to his poor little body.— Louisa May Alcott

Other Words from enticing

enticingly adverb
an enticingly aromatic dish … this program enticingly acquaints students with the features and potential of microcomputers. Booklist He looked on her, his bright, healthy, enticingly beautiful daughter, and wondered what was going to become of her. — Theodore Dreiser
enticingness noun
We shall seek to be frugal with our sweet possessions, though their enticingness quite leads us astray … — Emily Dickinson

First Known Use of enticing

1553, in the meaning defined above

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“Enticing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enticing. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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