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enthusing, adj.

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Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: enthuse v., -ing suffix2.
orig. U.S. colloq.

  That fills someone or something with enthusiasm. Also: that displays or expresses enthusiasm.

1858   Richmond (Va.) Enquirer 3 Aug.   Music, with its ‘enthusing strains’, led the way for the delivery of Diplomas to the Masters of Arts.
1896   Kansas Agitator (Garnett, Kansas) 16 Oct.   One of those earnest, lively, enthusing speeches which keeps an audience in a good humor.
1909   Daily Chron. 27 Oct. 3/3   A little too much of the enthusing forest lover.
1991   I. Rankin Hide & Seek 14   Gill had taken up with a disc jockey on a local radio station, a man whose enthusing voice Rebus seemed to hear whenever he entered a shop.
2005   Church Times 19 Aug. 21/2   It is an enthusing book, and one that would establish some good basic principles from which to move on.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).