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[uh-loo r-ing]
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  1. very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
  2. fascinating; charming.
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Origin of alluring

First recorded in 1525–35; allure1 + -ing2
Related formsal·lur·ing·ly, adverbal·lur·ing·ness, nounun·al·lur·ing, adjectiveun·al·lur·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for alluringly

Historical Examples

  • Might their melodies not strike freshly and alluringly on the ear to-day?

    A Boswell of Baghdad

    E. V. Lucas

  • She turned her bewitching face and smiled at him alluringly.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • It was a very nice-looking kid, and it frisked and gambolled most alluringly.

    Under the Red Crescent

    Charles S. Ryan

  • This was, however, at present, by no means of an alluringly agreeable character.

    Buckskin Mose

    Buckskin Mose

  • "We have a daughter living in Chicago," said Mrs. March, alluringly.

British Dictionary definitions for alluringly


  1. enticing; fascinating; attractive
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Derived Formsalluringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alluringly



1530s, "action of attracting," verbal noun from allure (v.).

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"appealing to desires," 1570s, present participle adjective from allure (v.). Related: Alluringly.

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