1. attractive; impressive: a scene of striking beauty.
  2. noticeable; conspicuous: a striking lack of enthusiasm.
  3. being on strike, as workers.
    1. capable of attacking an enemy, especially by air: striking power.
    2. within the extent of space through which it is possible to attack a target effectively: striking distance.

Origin of striking

First recorded in 1605–15; strike + -ing2
Related formsstrik·ing·ly, adverbstrik·ing·ness, nounnon·strik·ing, adjectiveun·strik·ing, adjective

Synonyms for striking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for unstriking


  1. attracting attention; fine; impressivea striking beauty
  2. conspicuous; noticeablea striking difference
Derived Formsstrikingly, adverbstrikingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unstriking



"producing a vivid impression," 1752, from strike (v.) in the sense of "to catch the fancy of" (1590s).

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