Definition of flattering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflatərɪŋ/


1Full of praise and compliments: the article began with some flattering words about us
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  • A Kendal primary school is basking in the warm glow of enthusiastic praise after receiving a flattering report from the judges of a training and development award.
  • All the compliments are very flattering, but it's kind of embarrassing!
  • Cara found this more flattering than any compliment.
1.1Pleasing or gratifying: [with infinitive]: it was flattering to have a pretty girl like Fiona so obviously fond of him
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  • It is very flattering and an honour to have a portrait that will hang with such distinguished people.
1.2Enhancing someone’s appearance: I don’t think anything sleeveless is very flattering
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  • Stay fit, dress to suit our figure, get a flattering hairstyle, and enhance nature with the right touch of makeup.
  • But they definitely don't enhance a woman's silhouette, so as a flattering trouser option cargo pants are a distinctly poor choice.
  • Our French photographers swooped in, coaxing her into fun, flattering clothes and complimenting her in their soothing accents.



Pronunciation: /ˈflatərɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • I was reading a women's magazine article about how to dress flatteringly.
  • I adored him and also found, flatteringly, that I had become a thinly disguised character in his first novel.
  • He was civil and spoke flatteringly of my papers.
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