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[chal-in-jing] /ˈtʃæl ɪn dʒɪŋ/
offering a challenge; testing one's ability, endurance, etc:
a challenging course; a challenging game.
stimulating, interesting, and thought-provoking:
a challenging suggestion.
provocative; intriguing:
a challenging smile.
Origin of challenging
1300-50; Middle English, as gerund; 1835-45 for def 1; see challenge, -ing2
Related forms
challengingly, adverb
nonchallenging, adjective
unchallenging, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I included him; I said 'we,'" said Winthrop, challengingly.

    East Angels Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • "But you can tell him, if you've a mind," Julian went on challengingly.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • “Mamma was sick or she wouldn't,” she added, challengingly, to Robert.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • She closes her lips trimly and looks steadily and challengingly at him as she sits more collectedly than ever.

    You Never Can Tell George Bernard Shaw
  • "Heard you've got a sale on robots," Red-tie said, challengingly, as he stepped aside for his wife.

    The Salesman Waldo T. Boyd
  • Again I eyed him challengingly; but he, with face utterly unconscious, was sorting over his treasures.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • Repellier's stern eyes were looking closely, challengingly, into hers, and she sank back in her chair again.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • Abd-el-Kader left it there and crossed his arms on his chest, staring at them challengingly.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "Men don't marry women for their clothes," Miss Munch used to say, challengingly, to Nellie.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • Mr. Buckingham Smith gazed at him challengingly out of his black eyes.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for challengingly


demanding or stimulating: a challenging new job
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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