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

Definition of fetching

: attractive, pleasing a fetching smile

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Other Words from fetching

fetchingly \ ˈfe-​chiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fetchingly (audio) \ adverb

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 The pileated Thornquist photographed Saturday was arguably more fetching than others of its species due to its mostly white plumage. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: The sighting of a 'ghost bird' along the Milwaukee River is a double treat," 12 Feb. 2020 In 1997, Barrit crossed crossed the pollen of a Honeycrisp with the stigma of an Enterprise, which is not only a disease resistant variety, but also very fetching. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Meet ‘Cosmic Crisp,’ a New Hybrid Apple That Stays Fresh for a Year," 5 Dec. 2019 An especially fetching bonnet was made by Mrs. C.B. Summer, Fashionable Milliner, in Medina at her shop on the second floor of 7 Public Square in 1887 or 1888. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Historic Weymouth provides interesting stops on Medina County’s Fall Foliage Tour," 14 Oct. 2019 My waning interest, however, led me to a fetching alternative: tennis. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Bored to death with baseball? Tennis has all the real action.," 21 Aug. 2019 Their replacements are often younger, more fetching, less informed, and much cheaper. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 The routine is always the same: Check what’s on display, find the most fetching option and consider guests’ tastes (and the contents of my wallet). David Tanis, New York Times, "Craving an Easy Shrimp Dinner? Make This Curry," 15 June 2018 Which is too bad, because Cloudy with a Chance of Stormi is a really fetching title. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner Doesn’t Really Know The Origin Of Stormi’s Name," 2 May 2018 The Woodlands Township will host Soggy Doggy Swim Day at 10 a.m. Owners and their dogs are invited out for a splash in the pond, doggie activities, a trick competition and a fetching game. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "News & Notes: The Woodlands week of April 20-27," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Fetching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetching. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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