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[uh-loo r-ing]
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  1. very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
  2. fascinating; charming.
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Origin of alluring

First recorded in 1525–35; allure1 + -ing2
Related formsal·lur·ing·ly, adverbal·lur·ing·ness, nounun·al·lur·ing, adjectiveun·al·lur·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unalluring

Historical Examples

  • And from so startling and unalluring a beginning, a marriage followed.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

    Alice Morse Earle

  • It is cold;—and would be unalluring, were it not that as a profession it is profitable.

  • A small hatchet with which to chop off a chunk of porridge formed the accompaniment of this unalluring Arctic provender.

  • From this unalluring suggestion I begged off, justly pleading a hard day of work ahead.

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

  • Never had her bony, angular face, her slack figure and sloping shoulders seemed so unalluring.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster

British Dictionary definitions for unalluring


  1. enticing; fascinating; attractive
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Derived Formsalluringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unalluring



1530s, "action of attracting," verbal noun from allure (v.).

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"appealing to desires," 1570s, present participle adjective from allure (v.). Related: Alluringly.

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