endearing

[ en-deer-ing ]
/ ɛnˈdɪər ɪŋ /

adjective

tending to make dear or beloved.
manifesting or evoking affection: an endearing smile.

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Origin of endearing

First recorded in 1615–25; endear + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM endearing

en·dear·ing·ly, adverbself-en·dear·ing, adjectiveun·en·dear·ing, adjectiveun·en·dear·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for endearing (2 of 2)

endear
[ en-deer ]
/ ɛnˈdɪər /

verb (used with object)

to make dear, esteemed, or beloved: He endeared himself to his friends with his gentle ways.
Obsolete. to make costly.

Origin of endear

First recorded in 1570–80; en-1 + dear1

OTHER WORDS FROM endear

un·en·deared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endearing (1 of 2)

endearing
/ (ɪnˈdɪərɪŋ) /

adjective

giving rise to love or esteem; charming

Derived forms of endearing

endearingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for endearing (2 of 2)

endear
/ (ɪnˈdɪə) /

verb

(tr) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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