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

Origin of endearing

First recorded in 1615–25; endear + -ing2
Related formsen·dear·ing·ly, adverbself-en·dear·ing, adjectiveun·en·dear·ing, adjectiveun·en·dear·ing·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of endearingly

Historical Examples of endearingly

  • So smart she was, and spoken of endearingly as 'the little MacAnder!'

  • In tears, I was embracing his feet; he rose and blessed me endearingly.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • "All right, my ten-year-old; mother will be your right hand man," she said, endearingly.

    A Romance of Toronto

    Annie Gregg Savigny

  • She said this firmly and yet endearingly, and met his eyes with her eyes.

  • It makes one think of the boys gentle love for his little mother, as he endearingly spoke of his mother.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

British Dictionary definitions for endearingly



giving rise to love or esteem; charming
Derived Formsendearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for endearingly



1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.

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