engaging

[en-gey-jing]

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

Synonyms for engaging

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for engagingly

Contemporary Examples of engagingly

  • A day before, he and Matt Damon engagingly plugged the movie for a roomful of international journalists.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Soderbergh's Swansong

    Nicole LaPorte

    September 14, 2009

Historical Examples of engagingly

  • 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

engaging

adjective
  1. pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Formsengagingly, adverbengagingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for engagingly

engaging

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper