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[ tan-tl-ahy-zing ]
/ ˈtæn tlˌaɪ zɪŋ /


having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, especially that which remains unobtainable or beyond one's reach: a tantalizing taste of success.

Nearby words

tantalate, tantalic, tantalic acid, tantalite, tantalize, tantalizing, tantalous, tantalum, tantalus, tantalus monkey, tantamount

Origin of tantalizing

First recorded in 1650–60; tantalize + -ing2
Related formstan·ta·liz·ing·ly, adverbun·tan·ta·liz·ing, adjective
Can be confusedtantalizing titillating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tantalizingly

Word Origin and History for tantalizingly



mid-17c., present participle adjective from tantalize. Related: Tantalizingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper