challenging

[ chal-in-jing ]
/ ˈtʃæl ɪn dʒɪŋ /

adjective

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 formschal·leng·ing·ly, adverbnon·chal·leng·ing, adjectiveun·chal·leng·ing, adjective

Definition for challenging (2 of 2)

Origin of challenge

1175–1225; Middle English chalenge < Old French, variant of chalonge < Latin calumnia calumny
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British Dictionary definitions for challenging (1 of 2)

challenging

/ (ˈtʃælɪndʒɪŋ) /

adjective

demanding or stimulatinga challenging new job

British Dictionary definitions for challenging (2 of 2)

challenge

/ (ˈtʃælɪndʒ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formschallengeable, adjectivechallenger, noun

Word Origin for challenge

C13: from Old French chalenge, from Latin calumnia calumny
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