Definition of appealing in US English:



  • 1Attractive or interesting.

    ‘the rural life is somehow more appealing’
    ‘an appealing young woman’
    • ‘Just like good picture quality makes a film look better, an appealing body and good looks adds to the credit of an actor.’
    • ‘All in all, this is a very attractive monitor with an appealing display.’
    • ‘Hopefully more people will use the route for exercise and it can also be marketed as an appealing attraction from a tourist point of view.’
    • ‘A publicist is to the arts what the man with the bucket and scoop is to a circus; an attempt to make things look fresh, appealing and attractive.’
    • ‘His kindness, his gentleness and his intelligence, which she had foolishly deplored as somehow unromantic, now suddenly seemed very appealing and attractive.’
    • ‘Finally, we select visually appealing and interesting weapons as we also want our weapons to have interesting silhouettes and to stand out from other games.’
    • ‘‘I found younger men more appealing than older men,’ she says.’
    • ‘The dishes above are already designed to have appealing colors for beautiful presentation, so just put them together.’
    • ‘Every candidate has one and it should be worked on and refined so it can be told in an interesting and appealing way.’
    • ‘He had to admit, it was a pretty appealing daydream.’
    • ‘What it is exactly that I'm supposed to find appealing or interesting in people who end up wading knee deep in gore I simply don't understand.’
    • ‘While it lacks the mock seriousness of the film that spawned it, it more than compensates with some preposterously appealing action sequences.’
    • ‘There's no garden feature quite so appealing and attractive to an idle peasant as a seat under a tree.’
    • ‘Keepers of forest are also very appealing and attractive to the eye, and can show a deep friendship if you befriend them.’
    • ‘His mane has grown long and shaggy, visually appealing and attractive, and he asked for a silver and diamond stud instead of a dangler for his translator.’
    • ‘At one point, when we had the camera out, she decided to take centre stage, and posed beautifully, one appealing stance after another, for a full five minutes or more.’
    • ‘‘Many found reason less appealing than enchantment,’ she writes.’
    • ‘How attractive and appealing is the other clothing in the store?’
    • ‘Low, built-in shelving provides appealing wall storage for young children's toys.’
    • ‘There are two major bonus features on this DVD, each one far more interesting and appealing than the movie itself.’
    attractive, engaging, alluring, enchanting, captivating, bewitching, fascinating, winning, winsome, likeable, lovable, charming, delightful
    inviting, attractive, tempting, appetizing, enticing, seductive
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  • 2(of an expression or tone of voice) showing that one wants help or sympathy.

    ‘an appealing look’
    • ‘Taking the lead are small landowners or Western farmers who make appealing pleas to be left alone to enjoy their property and take care of it conscientiously.’
    • ‘The women, with tears and appealing gestures, crowded around the officer, begging him to spare their sons and husbands; the men stood silent, with bloodless faces and dumb imploring eyes.’
    • ‘The chauffeur made wild, appealing gestures of his innocence, evidently to no avail, for when he turned around and climbed back into the driver's seat his expression was not a little dejected.’
    • ‘He now has recorded all three of the symphonies, and he is sympathetic to their appealing late Romantic gush.’