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[en-gey-jing] /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪŋ/
winning; attractive; pleasing:
an engaging smile.
Origin of engaging
First recorded in 1665-75; engage + -ing2
Related forms
engagingly, adverb
engagingness, noun
quasi-engaging, adjective
quasi-engagingly, adverb
unengaging, adjective
charming, agreeable. Unabridged
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  • Lulie laughed and chatted and was engagingly charming and vivacious.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • On this point Nina found him engagingly, innocently open to suggestion.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • He was pale, slim, rather pretty than handsome, and engagingly polite.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • She smiled at him most engagingly and she saw a sudden flame leap into his eyes.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • It is engagingly fixed in your coat, about the small of your back.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • He was just engagingly, refreshingly young; younger than he had ever been, even as a boy.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • He had an engagingly boyish air about him, and Burl took a liking to him.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
  • James was in excellent spirits, and Isabella most engagingly placid.

    Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
  • There were times, of course, when he could be most engagingly pleasant.

    The Golden Scarecrow Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for engagingly


pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Forms
engagingly, adverb
engagingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for engagingly



"interesting," 1650s (implied in engagingly), present participle adjective from engage.

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