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engaging

[en-gey-jing] /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
winning; attractive; pleasing:
an engaging smile.
Origin of engaging
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; engage + -ing2
Related forms
engagingly, adverb
engagingness, noun
quasi-engaging, adjective
quasi-engagingly, adverb
unengaging, adjective
Synonyms
charming, agreeable.
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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

engaging

/ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Forms
engagingly, adverb
engagingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for engagingly

engaging

adj.

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

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