[verb in-treeg; noun in-treeg, in-treeg]

verb (used with object), in·trigued, in·tri·guing.

verb (used without object), in·trigued, in·tri·guing.

to plot craftily or underhandedly.
to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.


Origin of intrigue

1640–50; < French intriguer < Italian intrigare < Latin intrīcāre to entangle; see intricate
Related formsin·tri·guer, nounin·tri·guing·ly, adverbout·in·trigue, verb (used with object), out·in·trigued, out·in·tri·guing.un·in·trigued, adjectiveun·in·tri·guing, adjective

Synonyms for intrigue

Synonym study

10. See conspiracy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for intrigued

charmed, fascinated, entertained, interested, absorbed

Examples from the Web for intrigued

Contemporary Examples of intrigued

Historical Examples of intrigued

  • Here is a salad that would have intrigued the palate of Lucullus, himself.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • M. de Rivarol, intrigued by his mirth, scowled upon him disapprovingly.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He had been a fool to have permitted himself to be intrigued by so shallow, so obvious a purpose.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Intrigued by his odd words and odder manner, she took the folded sheet.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • I plotted, and schemed, and intrigued to obtain access to information.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for intrigued


verb (ɪnˈtriːɡ) -trigues, -triguing or -trigued

(tr) to make interested or curiousI'm intrigued by this case, Watson
(intr) to make secret plots or employ underhand methods; conspire
(intr often foll by with) to carry on a clandestine love affair

noun (ɪnˈtriːɡ, ˈɪntriːɡ)

the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
a clandestine love affair
the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
Derived Formsintriguer, noun

Word Origin for intrigue

C17: from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre; see intricate
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Word Origin and History for intrigued



1610s, "to trick, deceive, cheat" (earlier entriken, late 14c.), from French intriguer (16c.), from Italian intrigare "to plot, meddle," from Latin intricare "entangle" (see intricate). Meaning "to plot or scheme" first recorded 1714; that of "to excite curiosity" is from 1894. Related: Intrigued; intriguing (1680s, "plotting, scheming;" meaning "exciting curiosity" is from 1909).



1640s, probably from intrigue (v.).

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