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 Director Kate Whoriskey amps up the energy to 11, in answer to the monotony of visible action that actually goes into sandwich-making — chopping, dressing, fetching greens from the walk-in fridge, chopping some more. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 23 Nov. 2021 Every cognac house has its own special premium expression, usually a blend of rare, aged eaux-de-vie that is housed in a fetching crystal decanter. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2021 This smart box of tricks is now in its third iteration and is finished in a very fetching shade of red that’s more crimson than scarlet. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The drink incorporates curdled, clarified kefir, which is turned into a syrup; the fetching green base is courtesy of mint and cilantro, pureed just ahead of dinner service to retain their brightness. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 That includes fetching blankets or juice, drawing blood, retrieving medication from the pharmacy or blood from the blood bank and going to the laboratory for patient tests and results. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 But by the light of day, he can be seen hunched over a stove or doing laundry or fetching water—all of which are traditionally women’s work. Raj Patel, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 The style, which features a heavy lug sole and a thick heel, is currently available in fetching shades like lilac and off-white, and quickly becoming ubiquitous on Instagram. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2021 For the particular model tested, the body is white, the handle and interior black — subtle and fetching. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 22 Aug. 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 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fetching

: attractive or pleasing


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

Kids Definition of fetching

: very attractive

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