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[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting]
  1. engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
  2. arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.
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  1. in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.
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Origin of interesting

First recorded in 1705–15; interest + -ing2
Related formsin·ter·est·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·est·ing·ness, nounun·in·ter·est·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb

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.
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Examples from the Web for interestingly

Contemporary Examples of interestingly

Historical Examples of interestingly

  • Brandes and Wicksteed argue most interestingly from the theme.


    James Huneker

  • And I would add, she is very much all alive, most interestingly so, in fact.


    W. Gordon Stables

  • As a writer Muir is one of the most interestingly instructive we have had.

  • She certainly could talk most interestingly of her former grandeur.

  • They at least teach boys geography, and teach it interestingly.

    The Idiot at Home

    John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for interestingly


  1. inspiring interest; absorbing
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Derived Formsinterestingly, adverbinterestingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for interestingly



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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