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engaging

[en-gey-jing]
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adjective
  1. winning; attractive; pleasing: an engaging smile.

Origin of engaging

First recorded in 1665–75; engage + -ing2
Related formsen·gag·ing·ly, adverben·gag·ing·ness, nounqua·si-en·gag·ing, adjectivequa·si-en·gag·ing·ly, adverbun·en·gag·ing, adjective

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charming, agreeable.
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Examples from the Web for unengaging

Historical Examples

  • At first his address and manner were unengaging, but he invariably endeared himself to all with whom he was familiar.

    The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)

    George Warburton


British Dictionary definitions for unengaging

engaging

adjective
  1. pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Formsengagingly, adverbengagingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unengaging

engaging

adj.

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

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