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[uh-loo r-ing] /əˈlʊər ɪŋ/
very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
fascinating; charming.
Origin of alluring
First recorded in 1525-35; allure1 + -ing2
Related forms
alluringly, adverb
alluringness, noun
unalluring, adjective
unalluringly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unalluring
Historical Examples
  • And from so startling and unalluring a beginning, a marriage followed.

  • It is cold;—and would be unalluring, were it not that as a profession it is profitable.

  • A small hatchet with which to chop off a chunk of porridge formed the accompaniment of this unalluring Arctic provender.

  • From this unalluring suggestion I begged off, justly pleading a hard day of work ahead.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Never had her bony, angular face, her slack figure and sloping shoulders seemed so unalluring.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster
  • The unalluring defects of the Teuton systems of love-making overshadowed his own defects as a suitor.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • The work of an art tourist must at least be more attractive than the unalluring task of collecting postage-stamps and monograms.

    Travelling Sketches. Anthony Trollope
  • Even when they were not verminous, the beds offered to their weary limbs were comfortless and unalluring.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Stavoren may be dull and unalluring, but not so Hindeloopen, the third station on the railway to Leeuwarden, where we shall stay.

    A Wanderer in Holland E. V. Lucas
  • An ancestor at an unknown period may have bequeathed to the marquis the elements of his unalluring character.

    The Disentanglers Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for unalluring


/əˈljʊərɪŋ; əˈlʊə-/
enticing; fascinating; attractive
Derived Forms
alluringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unalluring



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
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