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 fetchingly (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 Considering its utilitarian mission, the Pacifica proves to be quite fetching, even distinctive. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The Chrysler Pacifica minivan has much to admire (review)," 28 Mar. 2020 One of the least fetching parts of living in a global pandemic is the anticipation, ever constant, of the sky up and cracking on our frail and startled heads. Sally Franson, SFChronicle.com, "Review: Tragic death fractures a household in Gowda’s ‘The Shape of Family’," 23 Mar. 2020 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

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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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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fetching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetching. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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