Origin of engaging

First recorded in 1665–75; engage + -ing2
Related formsen·gag·ing·ly, adverben·gag·ing·ness, nounqua·si-en·gag·ing, adjectivequa·si-en·gag·ing·ly, adverbun·en·gag·ing, adjective

Synonyms for engaging

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British Dictionary definitions for unengaging


  1. pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Formsengagingly, adverbengagingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unengaging



"interesting," 1650s (implied in engagingly), present participle adjective from engage.

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