View synonyms for endearing


[ en-deer-ing ]


  1. tending to make dear or beloved.
  2. manifesting or evoking affection:

    an endearing smile.

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Other Words From

  • en·dearing·ly adverb
  • self-en·dearing adjective
  • unen·dearing adjective
  • unen·dearing·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of endearing1

First recorded in 1615–25; endear + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

A slightly different, even more endearing, version of Ted appears in the show’s pilot.

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Delmarva is an unusual and endearing place, and few have embraced its quirks the way Carrie Samis has.

It’s very endearing to see how exposed humans are on this little fragile miracle of a planet.

The show’s fictional protagonist, Sheila Rubin, is a far less endearing character.

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Hicks is an endearing but clumsy artist, so perhaps the masonry of his arch is just bad painting.

It is what I (sometimes) find endearing about the whole affair.

When a candidates flaws are seen as an endearing part of who they are, scandal can make them more attractive, Gergen argued.

Perhaps, in the spirit of Holden Caulfield, she should have found a way to make her depression endearing?

This thinking can seem innocent and endearing in children; if you will it, it will be.

Of course, it did take the candidate five takes to get that endearing take.

Her eyes were as they had been that day near this selfsame spot years before, kind and endearing.

Susannah Chressham looked at her, thinking of nothing but the frail and endearing beauty she saw.

As I was the youngest of the party, he received me with the most endearing familiarity.

Not one was so often repeated or so endearing as 'Guy's baby!

Finally he arose, extending his hand with that winning frankness so endearing to all.


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