Romantic Vocabulary Word of the Week: Fetching

(English Reading Level: Beginner; definitions are at the bottom of this blog post.)

Fetching means to be so beautiful or handsome that he or she is able to rally others through appearance. For example, fetching women or men may have a lot of friends of the opposite gender because of their beauty. This word is not very common in the United States, but you may hear the word said in movies. To give you a better understanding of this word, remember that when a person throws a stick for a dog, the person often tells the dog to go get the stick through the command: fetch. The dog wants the stick so much, it runs after it; this is similar to how people run after a beautiful person. Fetching is used to speak of both males and females, but personally, I have only heard the phrase used to speak of males.

Simple Verb Tenses (Conjugation)

Although ‘fetching’ ends in -ing, it is used as an adjective; conjugation is not needed for this word.

Sample Sentences for Context

  1. His smile was quite fetching.
  2. She fetches many men just by walking by.
  3. She fetched him while in college. (In this context, a man met a woman (for this sentence, he met her in college), and now they are dating or married because he couldn’t leave her.)

Here are a few vocabulary words for beginners who read this blog post. Please remember that in English, some words may have more than one meaning. These definitions will only apply to how the words were used in this blog post.

  1. Handsome (adjective) – In American culture, this word is usually used to speak of a very beautiful man.
  2. Rally (verb) – to call people to gather
  3. Appearance (noun) – the way someone or something looks
  4. Gender (noun) – speaking of males and females
  5. Remember (verb) – to think about something again
  6. Command (noun) – the act of telling someone or something to do something
  7. Personally (adverb) – A word used to show that one is speaking of his or her own feelings/opinions.
  8. Conjugation (noun) – the changing of verb endings based on tense
  9. Context (noun) – English words often have more than one meaning for the same word. Knowing the ‘context’ of an English word helps you to understand which meaning is being used for the word in a sentence. ‘Context’ is the information around the word such the beginning of the sentence, the end of the sentence, and even the paragraph where the word was used may all help you to know the meaning of that word.
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