[dih-vur-ting, dahy-]


serving to divert; entertaining; amusing.

Origin of diverting

First recorded in 1645–55; divert + -ing2
Related formsdi·vert·ing·ly, adverb


[dih-vurt, dahy-]

verb (used with object)

to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.
British. to route (traffic) on a detour.
to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc.
to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse.

verb (used without object)

to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.

Origin of divert

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dīvertere, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vertere to turn
Related formsdi·vert·ed·ly, adverbdi·vert·er, noundi·vert·i·ble, adjectivepre·di·vert, verb (used with object)re·di·vert, verb (used with object)un·di·vert·ed, adjectiveun·di·vert·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms for divert

4. delight.

Synonym study

4. See amuse.

Antonyms for divert

4. bore.
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Related Words for diverting

entertaining, relaxing, fun

Examples from the Web for diverting

Contemporary Examples of diverting

Historical Examples of diverting

  • But, you see, there are some people in whom even despair is diverting!

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • Beauchene called him, as if desirous of diverting him from his gloomy thoughts.


    Emile Zola

  • May it prove as diverting to you as the Matter is really instructive.

    A Letter to Dion

    Bernard Mandeville

  • Amid chit-chat, so diverting, Saint-Prosper finished “posting” the town.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Diverting those eyes, he displayed a smile that was chill and dental.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for diverting



to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
(tr) to entertain; amuse
(tr) to distract the attention of
Derived Formsdiverter, noundivertible, adjectivediverting, adjectivedivertingly, adverbdivertive, adjective

Word Origin for divert

C15: from French divertir, from Latin dīvertere to turn aside, from di- ² + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for diverting



early 15c., from Middle French divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere "to turn in different directions," blended with devertere "turn aside," from dis- "aside" and de- "from" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.

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