• synonyms


[uh-loo r-ing]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
  1. very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
  2. fascinating; charming.

Origin of alluring

First recorded in 1525–35; allure1 + -ing2
Related formsal·lur·ing·ly, adverbal·lur·ing·ness, nounun·al·lur·ing, adjectiveun·al·lur·ing·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for alluringly

Historical Examples

  • Might their melodies not strike freshly and alluringly on the ear to-day?

    A Boswell of Baghdad

    E. V. Lucas

  • She turned her bewitching face and smiled at him alluringly.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • It was a very nice-looking kid, and it frisked and gambolled most alluringly.

    Under the Red Crescent

    Charles S. Ryan

  • This was, however, at present, by no means of an alluringly agreeable character.

    Buckskin Mose

    Buckskin Mose

  • "We have a daughter living in Chicago," said Mrs. March, alluringly.

British Dictionary definitions for alluringly


  1. enticing; fascinating; attractive
Derived Formsalluringly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for alluringly



1530s, "action of attracting," verbal noun from allure (v.).



"appealing to desires," 1570s, present participle adjective from allure (v.). Related: Alluringly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper