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[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting] /ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ/
engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity:
an interesting book.
arousing a feeling of interest:
an interesting face.
in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.
Origin of interesting
1705-15; interest + -ing2
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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  • interestingly, hop-heads and potheads have something in common.
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  • interestingly, the money markets seem more worried about how the credit crunch may end than equity investors are.
British Dictionary definitions for interestingly


/ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; -tərɪs-/
inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, 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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