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[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting] /ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ/
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
1705-15; interest + -ing2
Related forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
uninteresting, adjective
uninterestingly, adverb
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.
1. dull. Unabridged
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  • He has gained in practicality, but has lost in the quality 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.

  • All literature is the expression of feeling, of passion, of emotion, caused by a sensation of the interestingness of life.

  • And, finally, as a key to interest, a teacher needs to know what the "factors of interestingness" are.

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
  • 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 Edith Nesbit
  • Illustrate concretely the force of each of the factors of interestingness.

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
British Dictionary definitions for interestingness


/ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; -tərɪs-/
inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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