engaging

[ en-gey-jing ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪŋ /

adjective

winning; attractive; pleasing: an engaging smile.

Nearby words

  1. engaged,
  2. engaged tone,
  3. engagement,
  4. engagement calendar,
  5. engagement ring,
  6. engagé,
  7. engagée,
  8. engarland,
  9. engawa,
  10. engel

Origin of engaging

First recorded in 1665–75; engage + -ing2

Related forms

engage

[ en-geyj ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.

verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.

Origin of engage

1515–25; < Middle French engager, Old French engagier. See en-1, gage1

Related formsen·gag·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for engaging

engaging

/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪŋ) /

adjective

pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Formsengagingly, adverbengagingness, noun

engage

/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsengager, noun

Word Origin for engage

C15: from Old French engagier, from en- 1 + gage a pledge, see gage 1

engagé

/ French (ɑ̃ɡaʒe) /

adjective

(of a writer or artist, esp a man) morally or politically committed to some ideology
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Word Origin and History for engaging
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