[ in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting ]
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  1. engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.

  2. arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.

Idioms about interesting

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

Origin of interesting

First recorded in 1705–15; interest + -ing2

Other words for interesting

Opposites for interesting

Other words from interesting

  • in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·est·ing·ness, noun
  • un·in·ter·est·ing, adjective
  • un·in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use interesting in a sentence

  • As a distinctly American novel, 'Buell Hampton' has, for abundance of thrilling incident and pure interestingness, no superior.

    Love Sonnets of an Office Boy | Samuel Ellsworth Kiser
  • And, finally, as a key to interest, a teacher needs to know what the "factors of interestingness" are.

    Principles of Teaching | Adam S. Bennion
  • The makers of literature are those who have seen and felt the miraculous interestingness of the universe.

  • All literature is the expression of feeling, of passion, of emotion, caused by a sensation of the interestingness of life.

  • He worked hard and he worked cleverly, and as the cities grew in beauty and interestingness he loved them more and more.

    The Magic City | Edith Nesbit

British Dictionary definitions for interesting


/ (ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ, -tərɪs-) /

  1. inspiring interest; absorbing

Derived forms of interesting

  • interestingly, adverb
  • interestingness, noun

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