charming; captivating.

Nearby words

  1. fetch,
  2. fetch and carry,
  3. fetch up,
  4. fetched,
  5. fetcher,
  6. fetchingly,
  7. fete,
  8. fete day,
  9. feterita,
  10. feti-

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

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

    Time to End Pantsuit-Gate|Linda Hirshman|November 15, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • He hurried back to headquarters at once, and there Gizzard found him a few minutes later, most fetchingly attired.

    Sube Cane|Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • 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
  • 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

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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