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
Related formspleas·ing·ly, adverbpleas·ing·ness, nounhalf-pleas·ing, adjectiveself-pleas·ing, adjectiveun·pleas·ing, adjective

Synonyms for pleasing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-pleasing

Historical Examples of self-pleasing

  • He is nearer us when we seek for Him and cannot find Him, than when we forget Him in laughter and self-pleasing.

    At Large

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • Lives to uphold to the view of our self-pleasing generation!

  • But the feet must be kept for these; they will be too tired for them if they are tired out for self-pleasing.

    Kept for the Master's Use

    Frances Ridley Havergal

  • Reginald is a spoiled character, by reason of self-pleasing.

    Little Frida


  • In reality they are merely shifting their method of self-pleasing.

British Dictionary definitions for self-pleasing



giving pleasure; likable or gratifying
Derived Formspleasingly, adverbpleasingness, noun
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