From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



tantalizing (comparative more tantalizing, superlative most tantalizing)

  1. Teasing; tempting, especially that which is beyond reach.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, chapter 133, in Moby Dick:
      ...then it was that monomaniac Ahab, furious with this tantalizing vicinity of his foe, which placed him all alive and helpless in the very jaws he hated; frenzied with all this, he seized the long bone with his naked hands, and wildly strove to wrench it from its gripe.
    • 2023 August 11, Nicola Davis, “Scientists may be on brink of discovering fifth force of nature”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The tantalising theory that a fifth force of nature could exist has been given a boost thanks to unexpected wobbling by a subatomic particle, physicists have revealed.

Derived terms[edit]




  1. present participle and gerund of tantalize


tantalizing (plural tantalizings)

  1. teasing temptation
    • 1848, Spalding Club, Publications, number 18, Aberdeen, page 488:
      [] my resources against depressing thoughts and languor, amid the tantalizings of society []