- tending to make dear or beloved.
- manifesting or evoking affection: an endearing smile.
Origin of endearing
- to make dear, esteemed, or beloved: He endeared himself to his friends with his gentle ways.
- Obsolete. to make costly.
Origin of endear
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Examples from the Web for endearing
When a candidates flaws are seen as an endearing part of who they are, scandal can make them more attractive, Gergen argued.
This thinking can seem innocent and endearing in children; if you will it, it will be.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
July 14, 2014
Of course, it did take the candidate five takes to get that endearing take.CNN ’60s Series Looks at How the Kennedy-Nixon Debate Changed TV
May 29, 2014
That is fascinating, scary, sad, endearing—all of the above.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon
April 17, 2014
His reputation at NBC was less than endearing, according to a former colleague from that network.Privilege and Power: The Rise and Rise of Ben Sherwood
March 26, 2014
To be familiar and endearing with them all—and so make me mad with envying them.Little Dorrit
Nor is it, as has been too often supposed, a cheerless life of toil and fatigue, but has many substantial and endearing charms.
Lydia caught at the endearing word, and something like a spasm moved her face.The Prisoner
The endearing term came for the first time from the man's lips.
This is the most endearing word that one human being can use to another.George Bowring - A Tale Of Cader Idris
R. D. Blackmore
- giving rise to love or esteem; charming
- (tr) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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Word Origin and History for endearing
1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper