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[en-deer-ing] /ɛnˈdɪər ɪŋ/
tending to make dear or beloved.
manifesting or evoking affection:
an endearing smile.
Origin of endearing
1615-25; endear + -ing2
Related forms
endearingly, adverb
self-endearing, adjective
unendearing, adjective
unendearingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The fascinating damsel so endearingly referred to is a wax figure, as you might have seen upon close scrutiny of the portrait.

  • In tears, I was embracing his feet; he rose and blessed me endearingly.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • It makes one think of the boys gentle love for his little mother, as he endearingly spoke of his mother.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • She said this firmly and yet endearingly, and met his eyes with her eyes.

  • Yet at once, and so endearingly, with the air of an elder sister, Mrs. Austen resumed the maternal functions.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for endearingly


giving rise to love or esteem; charming
Derived Forms
endearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for endearingly



1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.

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