fetch·​ing ˈfe-chiŋ How to pronounce fetching (audio)
: 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
fetchingly 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


fetch·​ing ˈfech-iŋ How to pronounce fetching (audio)
: attractive, pleasing
a fetching smile
fetchingly adverb

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