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

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 Geely’s timely recapitalization of the Swedish automaker funded the can’t-tell-’em-apart product strategy that today brings us the fetching Volvo C40 Recharge, an all-electric compact crossover hatchback. Dan Neil, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Women in rural Uganda who are traditionally responsible for fetching water for their families are less at-risk of abduction or attack when the well is a few hundred feet away rather than miles down a dangerous road outside their village. Joe Noga, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 With a few fetching friends in tow, Hadid hunkers down on easy street in a graphic hoodie and pants, her Chanel bag transforming the otherwise casual set into an intentional, polished daytime look. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2022 This new one is far more fetching, with a style that needs no apologies. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 And the leading Canadian whisky brand is Crown Royal, a blend that comes packaged in a fetching purple bag (the brand can afford this extra flair, based on the numbers). Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2022 In addition to cooking food and fetching materials, the attendants are responsible for testing the purity of drinking water with a feather. Sarah Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 On the west side of the mountain, beside a Gordian knot of highway interchanges, a fetching three-story orange sits in the middle of a parking lot, like a rising blood moon. Nathan Englander, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2022 Travis who’s left nauseous at all of the blood while the team just keeps on fetching water and chopping logs. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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

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: very attractive

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