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interesting

[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting] /ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ/
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 of interesting
1705-1715
1705-15; interest + -ing2
Related forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
uninteresting, adjective
uninterestingly, adverb
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. dull.
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Examples from the Web for uninteresting
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  • My half-brother came back from college, an altered youth, as uninteresting in his transition as the season I have just described.

  • But we will let Shakib give us a few not uninteresting details of the matter.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The attention attaches more readily to interesting than to uninteresting things.

    Thought-Culture William Walker Atkinson
  • And our task, if a melancholy, was certainly no uninteresting one.

  • The born journalist comes into the world with the fixed notion that nothing under the sun is uninteresting.

    Journalism for Women E.A. Bennett
  • It is in many ways not at all uninteresting to be attached to a Supply Column.

  • Orangine and Roussette were so sulky that even these princes declared they would never wed princesses so uninteresting.

    Old French Fairy Tales Comtesse de Sgur
  • Cannot you perceive, sir, that these details are less than uninteresting to me?

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for uninteresting

uninteresting

/ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; ʌnˈɪntərɪs-/
adjective
1.
not interesting; boring: lifeless and uninteresting

interesting

/ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; -tərɪs-/
adjective
1.
inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uninteresting
adj.

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

interesting

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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uninteresting in Technology

jargon
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.
[Jargon File]
(1995-03-10)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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