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fetching (comparative more fetching, superlative most fetching)

  1. Attractive; pleasant to regard.
    • 2000, Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country, Chapter 1, page 11:
      I am not, I regret to say, a discreet and fetching sleeper. Most people when they nod off look as if they could do with a blanket; I look as if I could do with medical attention.




  1. present participle of fetch
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.


fetching (plural fetchings)

  1. The act by which something is fetched.
    • 1834, Evidence on drunkenness: presented to the House of Commons
      These lumpers were also in the habit of inducing their men during the week to send to their pay-house for fetchings of drink, besides the money they were compelled to spend on Saturday night.