Definition of endearing in US English:



  • Inspiring love or affection.

    ‘an endearing little grin’
    • ‘I'm supposed to find last weekend an endearing joke or something.’
    • ‘Few understood Messiaen early on, most considering him an eccentric if endearing crackpot.’
    • ‘You have an endearing quality of youth and innocence that attracts people around you today.’
    • ‘But Ms Cooper turned adversity into advantage by making an endearing apology.’
    • ‘That passion, his knowledge and that endearing easy-going manner have made him a very marketable product.’
    • ‘I often attributed his popularity to his lovely, large, endearing eyes and his tinkle of a laugh.’
    • ‘However, their pointed, white-coloured tusks and large ears give them an endearing look.’
    • ‘As a lawyer and a husband he is not perfect - far from it - but his desire to be good is what makes him endearing.’
    • ‘He ranks as one of the country's most endearing singers.’
    • ‘British sports fans are certainly not an endearing lot and have earned that reputation from most beyond the realm.’
    • ‘Of course, Maria's movie career did not begin and end with this endearing comedy.’
    • ‘It's a tendency that is both endearing and mildly frustrating.’
    • ‘I can't help getting irritated with people who think being unable to programme the video is somehow an endearing trait.’
    • ‘The river has a long history of crazy characters - crazy in an endearing sort of way.’
    • ‘He also played a number of endearing characters, and was truly one of the most versatile players in Bollywood.’
    • ‘Evans has a way of combining generous understatement with a big grin that is very endearing.’
    • ‘She was a wonderful neighbour who had many endearing qualities which made her a great favourite of all she met.’
    • ‘Needless to say, she also made news as a person of endearing charm, winning the hearts of the public.’
    • ‘In person, he projects a vulnerability that's nothing short of endearing.’
    • ‘No one except the Lord spoke to him like that with such an endearing term of undying affection.’
    lovable, adorable, cute, sweet, dear, delightful, lovely, charming, appealing, attractive, engaging, winning, captivating, enchanting, beguiling, winsome
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