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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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Examples from the Web for uninteresting
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  • My half-brother came back from college, an altered youth, as uninteresting in his transition as the season I have just described.

  • The Bookworm's an uninteresting grub, Whether he's all alone or in a club.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • The attention attaches more readily to interesting than to uninteresting things.

    Thought-Culture William Walker Atkinson
  • A statement of the losses among our officers may not be uninteresting.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • The born journalist comes into the world with the fixed notion that nothing under the sun is uninteresting.

    Journalism for Women E.A. Bennett
  • There is nothing so uninteresting as a fact, for when you know it that is the end of it.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • Orangine and Roussette were so sulky that even these princes declared they would never wed princesses so uninteresting.

    Old French Fairy Tales Comtesse de Sgur
  • They were crude and uninteresting rowdies for the most part.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for uninteresting


/ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; ʌnˈɪntərɪs-/
not interesting; boring: lifeless and uninteresting


/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 uninteresting

1769, from un- (1) "not" + interesting.



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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uninteresting in Technology

1. Said of a problem that, although nontrivial, can be solved simply by throwing sufficient resources at it.
2. Also said of problems for which a solution would neither advance the state of the art nor be fun to design and code.
Hackers regard uninteresting problems as intolerable wastes of time, to be solved (if at all) by lesser mortals. *Real* hackers (see toolsmith) generalise uninteresting problems enough to make them interesting and solve them - thus solving the original problem as a special case (and, it must be admitted, occasionally turning a molehill into a mountain, or a mountain into a tectonic plate).
See WOMBAT, SMOP. Compare toy problem. Oppose interesting.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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