It is pleasant to look at.

So pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight.

What would be a word for pleasant to look at?

Something that's pleasant to my eyes... as said by @Mysti Sinha - eyesome.

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    You can consider picturesque but it is usually used for places. For people, there are words like attractive, beautiful etc. Please clarify your context and include your research.
    – ermanen
    Mar 5, 2015 at 17:43
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    Right. When I read the title, I immediately thought "what's wrong with beautiful?" Also I wonder why none of the answers mentions this.
    – Mr Lister
    Mar 6, 2015 at 6:58

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You could call it captivating. Merriam-Webster defines captivate as "to attract and hold the attention of (someone) by being interesting, pretty, etc."

  • It's pretty good, but it's also a very strong one. It sort of means that you cannot help but to look at it. Not just and not necessarily pleasant though. An accident could be captivating.
    – Arc
    Mar 8, 2015 at 1:41
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    OP is looking for something that means "so pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight," so it seems like a strong word is called for.
    – Nicole
    Mar 8, 2015 at 4:11

If you need a word, this adjective is archaic and it is:

eyesome - (archaic, often poetic) visually attractive. (MW)

There are also less-archaic terms:

sightly - Pleasing to see; visually appealing. (TFD)

eye candy - A person who is or people considered highly attractive to look at. (TFD)


It is pleasant to look at. (sightly)

He is pleasant to look at. (eye candy)

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    'Eyesome' doesn't sound too idiomatic. 'Pulchritudinous' now ... Mar 5, 2015 at 18:41
  • what is TFD and MW?
    – sites
    Mar 6, 2015 at 23:17
  • oh I see The Free Dictionary and Merrian Webster
    – sites
    Mar 6, 2015 at 23:19
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    eyesome was Dictionary.com's word of the day yesterday. The definition provided was "pleasant to look at"--word-for-word identical to the definition requested by the OP.
    – imallett
    Mar 7, 2015 at 0:03
  • Er.....you might want to mention that "eye-candy" is probably demeaning in some contexts. Mar 8, 2015 at 10:14

comely - pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair

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    But only for a woman, according to MW.
    – Stephie
    Mar 5, 2015 at 22:48
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    Not according to M-W Unabridged...
    – Gnawme
    Mar 5, 2015 at 23:09
  • There's got to be a good joke there. Mar 8, 2015 at 10:13

"Appealing" is "pleasant to look at" summarized in one word.


Why not simply beautiful? (pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically)

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    Why not? To me it's an overused, therefore common word with a diluted meaning. It also fails to carry any connotation of compulsion or steering of behaviour, as in "you do not want to let it wander out of your sight." A sunset, a flower arrangement, or a passerby might be beautiful; while a rare viewer might pause, stare, and/or become slackjawed, this is unusual. Certainly others will casually note the beauty but move on immediately. Mar 8, 2015 at 3:21
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    @AnguishLanguish beautifully put. Mar 8, 2015 at 10:15

"Handsome" has exactly the meaning you require:


  1. having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking: "a handsome man; a handsome woman."

  2. having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive:

... but seems to be quite an old-fashioned word these days. It might be useful to you depending on the context.

  • "What a handsome table!" I like this.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 6, 2015 at 15:00

While not strictly limited to physical appearance, consider winsome

Attractive or appealing in appearance or character: a winsome smile

Oxford Dictionaries Online

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    Best of all, readers not familiar with this rather archaic word will simply read it as "full of win". :-) Mar 7, 2015 at 3:46

Anything wrong with plain old 'pretty'?

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    pretty has a connotation of pureness, cute or maybe feminine, innocence, or cleanliness, at least for me.
    – Arc
    Mar 8, 2015 at 1:45

One of these might do:

fetching - pleasant or attractive.

attractive - pleasing or appealing.

... but neither quite carries the strong connotation of irresistibility (not wanting it out of sight) that was requested.


: to hold the attention of (someone) entirely : to interest or amaze (someone) so much that nothing else is seen or noticed

transitive verb
1 : to subject to mesmerism; also : hypnotize
2 : spellbind

[ Merriam-Webster online ]

Therefore, mesmerizing, spellbinding, and maybe, at the risk of falling asleep, hypnotic; more so about the impact of what is "delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace" upon the eye of the beholder so to speak.

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    The very special flavour of mesmerizing is in the phrase so much that nothing else is seen or noticed. And that's not what PO asked for.
    – Alfe
    Mar 6, 2015 at 15:04
  • Also thought of awesome in its original sense, but there's a modern hurdle of sorts with that indeed and the spin is a bit different i.e. fear. Awe-inspiring is most likely too strong, awesome too weak, in awe not an adjective, awed the verb. See also this etc.
    – user98955
    Mar 7, 2015 at 0:45
  • You mix objective facts with subjective appearances while language does honour that distinction. »Mesmerizing« may be objectively analog to »beautiful« (i. e. when the reaction of the subject is of no concern to that objective property) but subjectively »beautiful« leaves the affected individual with more freedom concerning the reactions than »mesmerizing«. It is not in all contexts that this distinction is unimportant.
    – Alfe
    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:09
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    I would just add that 'mesmerizing' also implies a reduction of the freedom of reaction for the beholder (and that might not be intended, at least it isn't by the words of the question). Otherwise your answer is a valuable contribution, so no problem with it.
    – Alfe
    Mar 9, 2015 at 9:26
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    @Alfe I understand. I will upvote your comment to achieve that. Imho someone can indeed be mesmerized against his will so to speak; someone can also be mesmerized by beauty - or something else too. One can cause the other but not necessarily. In so many words I don't think that beauty implies captivation per se. Thank you!
    – user98955
    Mar 10, 2015 at 0:21

The phrase "aesthetically pleasing", though not a single word, denotes an object that is pleasant to look at in a generic visual sense without all the connotations of physical attractiveness, comeliness, etc. that some of the other suggestions carry.

That said, I do think there is a slight connotation of "artistic beauty" in the phrase.

  • I would like to add that for me, something can be aesthetically pleasing without having artistic beauty. However I'm not sure I could quantify the distinction, as for me, aesthetics are not very quantifiable.
    – L0j1k
    Mar 6, 2015 at 22:24

Wholesome, Lush, perhaps salubrious? Though the last is used mainly for a product, it could be said being with someone is healthful or health-giving whether it is for companionship or just eye-candy on the arm, thus the connection would be salubrious. And modern lingo may lead to such quaint items as bitchin' or (as a feminine descriptor) leslie.



can be applied to attractive partner, glassware, textiles, precious metals, paintings, sculptures, architecture, etc


Another one is "Eyeful," which means someone/something that is visually stunning. However, it is a noun and is considered informal (according to the New Oxford American Dictionary).

Usage: The vase was quite an eyeful.

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    I see that the dictionary doesn't mention it explicitly, but in my experience calling something an "eyeful" is not necessarily a compliment; it marks something as unusual in a way that draws attention, but it doesn't have to be in a way that is attractive or pleasing.
    – Hellion
    Mar 5, 2015 at 19:52
  • There are various adjectives that can be used to reflect it as positive. It mainly requires context. Mar 5, 2015 at 19:55
  • Then you need to present such an example. I think it has strictly negative connotations. Mar 6, 2015 at 22:13
  • @curiousdannii Not strictly negative. I got quite an eyeful when I walked into the bathroom and saw the model my wife had befriended during fashion week stepping out of the shower. When my wife came home, I got quite an earful about it too. Highly context-dependent. Mar 8, 2015 at 2:41

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