charming; captivating.

Origin of fetching

First recorded in 1875–80; fetch1 + -ing2
Related formsfetch·ing·ly, adverbun·fetch·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fetchingly

Contemporary Examples of fetchingly

  • Where was the pink sweatsuit so fetchingly caught on camera in the Juneau Costco just months before?

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    Time to End Pantsuit-Gate

    Linda Hirshman

    November 15, 2009

Historical Examples of fetchingly

  • He hurried back to headquarters at once, and there Gizzard found him a few minutes later, most fetchingly attired.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • Then Nancy said anxiously: “We ought to start and dress most fetchingly for tonight, if everyone you know is coming out.”

    Polly's Business Venture

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • With apparent solicitude he escorted the Klondike person, fetchingly gowned in a street costume of the latest mode.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for fetchingly


adjective informal

attractively befittinga fetching hat
charminga fetching personality
Derived Formsfetchingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fetchingly



1580s, "crafty, scheming," present participle adjective from fetch. The sense of "alluring, fascinating" is by 1880.

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