in an interesting condition

interesting

[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting]
adjective
1.
engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
2.
arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.
Idioms
3.
in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.

Origin:
1705–15; interest + -ing2

interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
uninteresting, adjective
uninterestingly, adverb


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.


1. dull.
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interesting (ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ, -tərɪs-)
 
adj
inspiring interest; absorbing
 
'interestingly
 
adv
 
'interestingness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

interesting
1711, "that concerns, important," from interest. Meaning "so as to excite interest" is from 1768. Euphemistic phrase interesting condition, etc., "pregnant" is from 1748.
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interest definition


The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.

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