[ plee-zing ]
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  1. giving pleasure; agreeable; gratifying: a pleasing performance.

Origin of pleasing

First recorded in 1350–1400, pleasing is from the Middle English word plesing. See please, -ing2

Other words for pleasing

Other words from pleasing

  • pleas·ing·ly, adverb
  • pleas·ing·ness, noun
  • half-pleasing, adjective
  • self-pleasing, adjective
  • un·pleas·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pleasing in a sentence

  • Lamb Shanks with Figs and Honeyby Nigella Lawson There is something pleasingly biblical-sounding about “figs and honey.”

    The Caviar of Condiments Under Threat | Katie Workman | September 15, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Whilst thus pleasingly engaged in meditating his future welfare, two of the under-jailers one day walked into my cell.

  • While I am by no means prepared to admit that I am what you so pleasingly term "a funk," I readily allow that——'

    The Talking Horse | F. Anstey
  • Arnal smiled pleasingly at Gueyma, whose look, at times, was fixed upon him with unspeakable tenderness.

    The Flying Horseman | Gustave Aimard
  • Here is one of those pleasingly fanciful ideas that a man like Octave Feuillet may work out delightfully.

    The English Stage | Augustin Filon

British Dictionary definitions for pleasing


/ (ˈpliːzɪŋ) /

  1. giving pleasure; likable or gratifying

Derived forms of pleasing

  • pleasingly, adverb
  • pleasingness, noun

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