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[en-deer-ing] /ɛnˈdɪər ɪŋ/
tending to make dear or beloved.
manifesting or evoking affection:
an endearing smile.
Origin of endearing
First recorded in 1615-25; endear + -ing2
Related forms
endearingly, adverb
self-endearing, adjective
unendearing, adjective
unendearingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • So smart she was, and spoken of endearingly as 'the little MacAnder!'

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • In tears, I was embracing his feet; he rose and blessed me endearingly.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • "All right, my ten-year-old; mother will be your right hand man," she said, endearingly.

    A Romance of Toronto Annie Gregg Savigny
  • She said this firmly and yet endearingly, and met his eyes with her eyes.

  • It makes one think of the boys gentle love for his little mother, as he endearingly spoke of his mother.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
British Dictionary definitions for endearingly


giving rise to love or esteem; charming
Derived Forms
endearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for endearingly



1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.

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