fetch·​ing | \ ˈfe-chiŋ How to pronounce fetching (audio) \

Definition of fetching

: attractive, appealing a fetching smile … actress Melanie Griffith, looking very fetching in a light-green silk dress and double diamond stud earrings.— Robert Goldberg If you tune your clock-radio to station 1540 in Charlotte, North Carolina, you wake up with a fetching female voice at your ear.— Arline Brecher There is something sweet and fetching about the episode.— Newgate Callendar From Ukrainian borscht to Vietnamese crab omelette, there is much to choose from, and all in all it's a fetching collection …Publishers Weekly

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Other Words from fetching

fetchingly \ ˈfe-​chiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fetching (audio) \ adverb
fetchingly dressed Tasting plates generally consist of four to six bites of food, often lined up fetchingly on long, narrow white plates that curl at the edges. — Harvey Steiman

Examples of fetching in a Sentence

You look very fetching in that outfit. the woman's fetching smile has long made the painting a favorite with visitors to the museum
Recent Examples on the Web And the task of fetching water, often from faraway places, almost always falls to girls. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, "UNICEF And Partners Are Tapping Into Safe Water In Guinea," 21 Mar. 2021 According to the town museum, one popular story traces the name to 1867, when pioneer John Cline and his group got stuck in the flat during a torrential rainfall after coming back from fetching supplies in Phoenix. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "Tortilla Flat is an easy day trip from Phoenix. Here are the best things to do there," 11 Mar. 2021 Or that in the right hands, duct tape can be fashioned into a fetching prom dress? Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Things You Don’t Know About Duct Tape," 25 Feb. 2021 In the mid-2010s, the unpaid, coffee-fetching masses appeared to be rising up. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "What Happened to the Intern Revolution?," 26 Jan. 2021 Many of these garish shoes have nevertheless become collectible, fetching thousands of dollars (or at least ten times their sticker price) on the resale market. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "From Nike to Balenciaga, the Seven Strangest Sneakers of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Accompanied by Tedd Firth, her music director and a pianist of the highest quality, Ms. Errico gives a fetching performance in which her radiant singing and impeccable diction are shown off to ideal effect. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’ ‘Season for Joy’ and ‘An Iliad’ Reviews: The Gift of Great Performances," 23 Dec. 2020 And is there any deal quite so fetching as a big, beautiful TV for way less than its original price? Lee Neikirk, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday 2020: The best TV deals right now," 30 Nov. 2020 They are sold in an wide range of colors and sport elegant fluted edges — and usually have a price tag to match those fetching charms. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Everything you need to know about pie plates," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fetching

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fetching was in 1880

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“Fetching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetching. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fetching

somewhat old-fashioned : attractive or pleasing


fetch·​ing | \ ˈfe-chiŋ How to pronounce fetching (audio) \

Kids Definition of fetching

: very attractive

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