[ fech-ing ]
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Origin of fetching

First recorded in 1875–80; fetch1 + -ing2

Other words from fetching

  • fetch·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·fetch·ing, adjective

Words Nearby fetching

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How to use fetching in a sentence

  • fetching French actress Audrey Tautou is back in the romantic drama “Delicacy.”

  • Anyway there was a lot of embroidery on it, full of little holes, which somehow contrived to be extraordinarily fetching.

  • The fancy costumes and the funny masks the girls and boys wore certainly were “fetching.”

  • Ever see anything more fetching than those great Irish eyes in a regular little Dago mug?

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • fetching pen and paper, the blacksmith made a rapid computation of what would be due Oliver at any time within the next month.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • And there need never be any difficulty about sending you all three to school and fetching you, even when it is not holiday time.

    Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth

British Dictionary definitions for fetching


/ (ˈfɛtʃɪŋ) /

  1. attractively befitting: a fetching hat

  2. charming: a fetching personality

Derived forms of fetching

  • fetchingly, adverb

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