[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting]
- engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
- arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.
- in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.
Origin of interesting
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1. absorbing, entertaining. Interesting, pleasing, gratifying mean satisfying to the mind. Something that is interesting occupies the mind with no connotation of pleasure or displeasure: an interesting account of a battle. Something that is pleasing engages the mind favorably: a pleasing account of the wedding. Something that is gratifying fulfills expectations, requirements, etc.: a gratifying account of his whereabouts; a book gratifying in its detail.
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Examples from the Web for interestingness
He has gained in practicality, but has lost in the quality of interestingness.Atlantic Classics, Second Series
Henry C. Merwin
Illustrate concretely the force of each of the factors of interestingness.
I don't seem to mind so much whether they're good or naughty—with me it's their interestingness that comes first.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories
He worked hard and he worked cleverly, and as the cities grew in beauty and interestingness he loved them more and more.The Magic City
And, finally, as a key to interest, a teacher needs to know what the "factors of interestingness" are.
- inspiring interest; absorbing
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Word Origin and History for interestingness
1711, "that concerns, important," from interest (v.). Meaning "so as to excite interest" is from 1768. Related: Interestingly. Euphemistic phrase interesting condition, etc., "pregnant" is from 1748.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper