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[tan-tl-ahy-zing] /ˈtæn tlˌaɪ zɪŋ/
having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, especially that which remains unobtainable or beyond one's reach:
a tantalizing taste of success.
Origin of tantalizing
First recorded in 1650-60; tantalize + -ing2
Related forms
tantalizingly, adverb
untantalizing, adjective
Can be confused
tantalizing, titillating. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Their friend's answers were brief and tantalizingly incomplete.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Frances' behavior to the young doctor was tantalizingly contradictory.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • To yield to him was impossible, and yet the thought of it was tantalizingly sweet.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • "I'll tell you more about her—next time," I said, tantalizingly.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • His name—” she hesitated   tantalizingly—“is Signor Abraham Lincoln.

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster
  • "And there's six more of them hid here," added Kelly tantalizingly.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • Did he, having come so tantalizingly near, retrace his steps?

    Holiday Tales

    W. H. H. Murray
Word Origin and History for tantalizingly



mid-17c., present participle adjective from tantalize. Related: Tantalizingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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