interesting

[ in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting ]
/ ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ /
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adjective

engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.

Nearby words

  1. interest group,
  2. interest rate,
  3. interest-rate futures,
  4. interested,
  5. interesterification,
  6. interestingly,
  7. interface,
  8. interfacial,
  9. interfacial canal,
  10. interfacial tension

Idioms

    in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.

Origin of interesting

First recorded in 1705–15; interest + -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR interesting
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.

ANTONYMS FOR interesting
1. dull.

Related formsin·ter·est·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·est·ing·ness, nounun·in·ter·est·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for interestingly

interesting

/ (ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ, -tərɪs-) /

adjective

inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Formsinterestingly, adverbinterestingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for interestingly

interesting

adj.

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.

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