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  1. winning; attractive; pleasing: an engaging smile.
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Origin of engaging

First recorded in 1665–75; engage + -ing2
Related formsen·gag·ing·ly, adverben·gag·ing·ness, nounqua·si-en·gag·ing, adjectivequa·si-en·gag·ing·ly, adverbun·en·gag·ing, adjective


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  • Lulie laughed and chatted and was engagingly charming and vivacious.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • On this point Nina found him engagingly, innocently open to suggestion.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • He was pale, slim, rather pretty than handsome, and engagingly polite.

    The Prodigal Father

    J. Storer Clouston

  • She smiled at him most engagingly and she saw a sudden flame leap into his eyes.

    Mrs. Craddock

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • It is engagingly fixed in your coat, about the small of your back.

    Chats on Angling

    H. V. Hart-Davis

British Dictionary definitions for engagingly


  1. pleasing, charming, or winning
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Derived Formsengagingly, adverbengagingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for engagingly



"interesting," 1650s (implied in engagingly), present participle adjective from engage.

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