tan·​ta·​liz·​ing | \ ˈtan-tə-ˌlī-ziŋ How to pronounce tantalizing (audio) \

Definition of tantalizing

: possessing a quality that arouses or stimulates desire or interest also : mockingly or teasingly out of reach

Other Words from tantalizing

tantalizingly adverb

Examples of tantalizing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leading marques, operating under the same set of emissions restrictions, are picking from a common crate of power-train ingredients—a six-cylinder engine and electric motor—while trying to present the most tantalizing supercar du jour. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 16 July 2022 In addition, by the time Hollein was hired at the Met, Weiss had had a tantalizing taste of being boss, running the museum after Campbell resigned as director under pressure in 2017. New York Times, 28 June 2022 That brought the hearing to the most tantalizing possibility—that the objects are of extraterrestrial origin. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 17 May 2022 The most tantalizing example of this is Area 15 (the name is a play on Area 51, the U.S. Air Force's alien-research site north of the city). Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Portland spring theater season is upon us, and all of the tantalizing local stage productions have sparked a bit of rhyme. oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2022 Some of the most tantalizing aspects of the government's case, however, were called into question by the judge. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 The tinga had a decided chile pepper bite, but it was augmented with the most tantalizing sweetness, the kind that lingers just beneath the principal flavors, unobtrusive but essential. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Indeed, in an age of unfettered, albeit often heavily filtered, access to everyone and everything, sometimes the most tantalizing proposal is merely a coy suggestion. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tantalizing

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tantalizing was circa 1683

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21 Jul 2022

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“Tantalizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantalizing. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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