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[en-gey-jing] /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪŋ/
winning; attractive; pleasing:
an engaging smile.
Origin of engaging
1665-75; engage + -ing2
Related forms
engagingly, adverb
engagingness, noun
quasi-engaging, adjective
quasi-engagingly, adverb
unengaging, adjective
charming, agreeable. Unabridged
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  • There were times, of course, when he could be most engagingly pleasant.

    The Golden Scarecrow Hugh Walpole
  • She smiled at him most engagingly and she saw a sudden flame leap into his eyes.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • And she looked so engagingly pretty as she said it that Bruce thought he had never seen so attractive a girl.

    The Camerons of Highboro Beth B. Gilchrist
  • It is engagingly fixed in your coat, about the small of your back.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • "Maybe you'd rather go for a drive in the Park," he said engagingly.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • He was just engagingly, refreshingly young; younger than he had ever been, even as a boy.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • She made it possible for him to return deftly and engagingly the social attentions of older people.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • "Pete has learned me and Sidney a lot," pursued Billy, engagingly.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • He had an engagingly boyish air about him, and Burl took a liking to him.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
British Dictionary definitions for engagingly


pleasing, charming, or winning
Derived Forms
engagingly, adverb
engagingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for engagingly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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