Definition of prepossessing in English:



  • often with negative Attractive or appealing in appearance.

    ‘he was not a prepossessing sight’
    • ‘While not physically prepossessing and perhaps less obviously glamorous than her contemporaries, she is aging beautifully, and it is a pleasure to see her work.’
    • ‘The impressive group of works which forms the core of the exhibition is accompanied by others less prepossessing and of sometimes doubtful relevance.’
    • ‘Adams had never been a physically prepossessing man, even in his prime.’
    • ‘Flightless, fangless, clawless, slow, and weak, he isn't physically prepossessing.’
    • ‘She is neither particularly prepossessing in her appearance nor outwardly warm, as even David admits remembering his first acquaintance with her.’
    • ‘He wasn't a very prepossessing sight: his neck barely seemed capable of supporting the weight of his head and his legs curved around in a small ball underneath him.’
    • ‘He took a quiet sip, his wide, prepossessing brown eyes scanning Carnon's swiftly and sharply.’
    • ‘Gap-toothed, bold in face, and of a ruddy complexion, the Wife was no longer prepossessing in appearance, if she ever had been.’
    • ‘I said, trying to score a point: ‘A pair of broken glass is hardly a prepossessing sight, they must have put it away.’’
    • ‘He is physically prepossessing, with a ‘massive build’ simmering with ‘tremendous, dormant strength’.’
    • ‘I've just looked at the pictures of the fish, and it looks even less prepossessing than it did in the flesh, so to speak.’
    • ‘Utterly naïve and anachronistic it may be, but it's no less prepossessing and pretty for that.’
    • ‘He's ditched the Mother Bates outfit for jeans and a crewneck body-hugging sweater, but at over six feet of coiled spring intensity, he is still extremely prepossessing.’
    • ‘In that portrait, now in the Louvre, Chardin looks more conventionally prepossessing: debonair, benign and smiling all over his face.’
    • ‘She was young, but attractive and quite prepossessing.’
    • ‘Not very prepossessing to look at but this hard, round hairy ball is so versatile you will never look at it the same way again after reading this column.’
    attractive, beautiful, pretty, handsome, good-looking, fetching, striking, pleasing, pleasant, agreeable, appealing, likeable, lovable, amiable, charming, delightful, engaging, inviting, alluring, magnetic, winning, enchanting, captivating, bewitching, fascinating
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