Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inspiring affection or warm sympathy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a tendency to make dear or beloved; awakening affection: as, endearing qualities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Making dear or beloved; causing love.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Inspiring love or affection, in a childlike way.
  • verb Present participle of endear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lovable especially in a childlike or naive way

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Examples

  • My main problem with "endearing" is that I only see it used by adults talking about children (the AHD usage example is "the endearing charm of a little child") and to use it to talk about children's books betrays the child audience.

    "Deceptively simple"

  • What I find so endearing is that you have a daughter who is so obviously full of love and life and sees nothing wrong with expressing it.

    What Is Love? (Baby, Don’t Hurt Me) | Her Bad Mother

  • One of the things I find endearing is when you are taken someplace that makes you feel separate from the world.

    All Things Girl » All Things Girl » Blog Archive » Guest Post - Molly Ringwald - Date Places

  • Saying that people find suicide endearing is a gross misunderstanding.

    For Your Consideration: Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor | /Film

  • Like me, my soulmate has developed a certain endearing reluctance to change out of his sweatpants and leave the house after 5 p.m., and all of those kittenish young Sex and the City gals seem sharply demanding.

    She’s Just Not That Into You

  • Like me, my soulmate has developed a certain endearing reluctance to change out of his sweatpants and leave the house after 5 p.m., and all of those kittenish young Sex and the City gals seem sharply demanding.

    She’s Just Not That Into You

  • Like me, my soulmate has developed a certain endearing reluctance to change out of his sweatpants and leave the house after 5 p.m., and all of those kittenish young Sex and the City gals seem sharply demanding.

    She’s Just Not That Into You

  • Like me, my soulmate has developed a certain endearing reluctance to change out of his sweatpants and leave the house after 5 p.m., and all of those kittenish young Sex and the City gals seem sharply demanding.

    She’s Just Not That Into You

  • Gabriela-Sylvia Zabala and Ismet Redzovic at the WSWS: Anna Kokkinos's first feature Head On - an adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas's novel Loaded, although also heavily relying on 'shock tactics' of explicit sex and drug taking (like the novel itself) - while quite flawed, nonetheless had certain endearing qualities, in particular the treatment of the migrant Greek family life in Melbourne and the difficulties facing the gay son.

    GreenCine Daily: Sunday shorts.

  • Equally endearing is the partnership McDonald has with her 13-year-old chestnut mare, Brentina.

    USATODAY.com - Historic ride upcoming?

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