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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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Examples from the web for uninteresting
  • Kids cited boring teachers, uninteresting courses, and busywork as reasons.
  • Formal balance can create a boring or uninteresting image.
  • Toys and the other dogs are completely uninteresting to her.
  • It is no doubt possible to use instrumental variables to estimate effects on uninteresting subgroups of the population.
  • It is a simple matter to ignore or block those who you find uninteresting.
  • Yeah, those are totally uninteresting countries which are not notable in any way.
  • As an intellectual matter, gays in the military is a not uninteresting question.
  • The new cast additions are not only numerous, but uninteresting.
  • Second, scholarly monographs sometimes have ugly and uninteresting notes.
  • We have a reasonably secure position doing an uninteresting job for low pay.
British Dictionary definitions for uninteresting


/ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; ʌnˈɪntərɪs-/
not interesting; boring: lifeless and uninteresting


/ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; -tərɪs-/
inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uninteresting

1769, from un- (1) "not" + interesting.



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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uninteresting in Technology

1. Said of a problem that, although nontrivial, can be solved simply by throwing sufficient resources at it.
2. Also said of problems for which a solution would neither advance the state of the art nor be fun to design and code.
Hackers regard uninteresting problems as intolerable wastes of time, to be solved (if at all) by lesser mortals. *Real* hackers (see toolsmith) generalise uninteresting problems enough to make them interesting and solve them - thus solving the original problem as a special case (and, it must be admitted, occasionally turning a molehill into a mountain, or a mountain into a tectonic plate).
See WOMBAT, SMOP. Compare toy problem. Oppose interesting.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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