Origin of engaging
Synonyms for engaging
verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
Origin of engage
Synonyms for engage
Antonyms for engage
Related Words for engagingalluring, lovable, intriguing, likable, fascinating, interesting, inviting, pleasant, appealing, attractive, sweet, pleasing, captivating, enticing, prepossessing, fetching, bewitching, winning, entrancing, enchanting
Examples from the Web for engaging
Contemporary Examples of engaging
Yet despite his engaging irascibility, Mamoon never quite emerges as a character in his own right.A Novel About a Novelist ‘Like’ Naipaul
November 6, 2014
What should the protocol be for engaging people on the street who offer unsolicited “compliments?”Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
Chatty, engaging and knowledgeable, cabbies in Hong Kong are also avid listeners of discussion programs on local radio.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
I like a good story, and so I want to make sure that this character is engaging.Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game: Sex, Death, and Aging in ‘Stealing Sam’
September 18, 2014
She was, unusually for a comedian, as funny and engaging off stage as on.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of engaging
"If I walk with you, they'll know I'm not engaged to Joe," she said, with engaging directness.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In spite of its pretty entourage, too, the town is not engaging.The Roof of France
The engaging little town is indeed one of nature's sanatoriums.In the Heart of Vosges
The bosom received this tribute in its most engaging manner.
He has been in Parliament some time, you know,' returned the engaging young Barnacle.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for engage
"interesting," 1650s (implied in engagingly), present participle adjective from engage.
early 15c., "to pledge," from Middle French engagier, from Old French en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from Proto-Germanic *wadiare "pledge" (see wed).
It shows the common evolution of Germanic -w- to French -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Meaning "attract the attention of" is from 1640s; that of "employ" is from 1640s, from notion of "binding as by a pledge." Specific sense of "promise to marry" is 1610s (implied in engaged).